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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:25

Davidson holds town hall workshop

Written by  Staff
The Davidson Town Hall study area incorporates the approximately four acres of the current Town Hall site. The Davidson Town Hall study area incorporates the approximately four acres of the current Town Hall site. Courtesy Town of Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. — A public workshop for the expansion of Davidson Town Hall and its police and fire department headquarters will be held Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m., at Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House, 218 Concord Road.

The workshop will provide a review of what was learned at a March 9 workshop, and representatives of Creech & Associates will provide an overall vision/plan for the area and some building site options.

They will facilitate exercises that will allow citizens to provide feedback on visual preferences and site/building options, host questions and answers with the design team, and provide a display of boards where options will be presented and citizens will be able to “vote” by placing a sticker on an image.

The workshop will begin with a brief presentation of the project to share the history and time line, followed with a Creech & Associates-led series of station exercises so residents can provide direct feedback on several issues. Stations will consist of a large board or a table of information with a facilitator at each table.

As Davidson’s population has grown from 4,000 in 1990 to almost 13,000 today, the town has outgrown its existing town hall. Ensuring adequate space for police and fire departments is especially critical. The study area incorporates approximately four acres of town-owned land on which the current town hall stands.

This is not the catalyst project the town had been considering to solve some of the space and parking needs on the site. However, as part of the catalyst process, hundreds of citizens cited the lack of parking downtown and a need for space at Town Hall.

Town staff has been working with a steering committee comprised of citizen experts in the fields of planning, architecture, construction and more to help guide the process and select an architect. Following the workshop, Creech & Associates will create a preliminary design based on public feedback and provide a budget estimate. In early summer, plan options and a budget will be presented to the Davidson Town Board of Commissioners for a decision on whether to move forward with the project.

“We want our citizens to learn more about this public facilities study and provide feedback to guide the process,” says Assistant Town Manager and Public Facilities Project Manager Dawn Blobaum. “We’re offering tours of town hall so citizens can speak with town staff and assess the need for space.”

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