What public facilities project option do you prefer?
The Davidson Board of Commissioners have listed public facilities as a priority in their 2018-2019 Strategic Plan. The provision of adequate space for employees to serve the citizens of Davidson into the future is a fundamental aspect of the services provided by the Town of Davidson. After several years of planning for improvements to our public facilities, including a space needs assessment, the town has been setting aside funds for the past three years to address our public facilities needs.
After a great deal of study, including looking at multiple site/building options, the town elected to pursue a two-phase project.
Two years ago, the Davidson Board of Commissioners considered the construction of a new town hall building in front of our existing town hall, along with the renovation of our existing town hall for the police and fire departments. The former IB school building was not available as an option at that time. About five months ago, the former IB school property at 251 South Street became an option to consider. The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to pursue the renovation of this school as an option for a future town hall, along with the renovation of our existing town hall for the police and fire departments.
The site that houses the former IB School has played a prominent role in our town’s history. There is also a history of the town trying to purchase and/or partner with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the owner of that site, on re-purposing that building for community uses.
Creech and Associates, our architect, and Edifice, our construction manager, reviewed the former IB School property and determined that it would address our space needs. They have created building plans for the renovation of this building.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners are considering moving ahead with a two-phase project:
- the renovation of the former IB School for a new town hall, including community space, and
- the renovation of our existing town hall for the police and fire departments.
The total dollar amount being considered is $16.3 million or $15 million, depending on the lease/purchase agreement with CMS and the amount of renovations pursued. In order to pay for this project, the Town of Davidson would need to issue bonds paid for by our taxpayers.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on this topic on July 24. On August 7, they meet to determine whether or not they would like to put a general obligation bonds referendum on the public facilities project on the November 6, 2018 ballot so taxpayers can vote.
More information is available at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities
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