At the November 4 Special Workshop it was decided to refine Options 2, 3 and 7 and return with massing diagrams and images of both the garage and the City Hall structure from all vantage points.
The firm of Harvard Jolly, Architects of St. Petersburg, Florida has been hired to design the City’s new City Hall and parking garage. This building will eventually replace three (3) existing structures; Municipal Services, Technical Services and City Hall which have exceeded you useful life. The project site is City-owned property at 750 Milwaukee Avenue/737 Louden Avenue, referred to as the east parcel, and 500 Wood Street, referred to as the west parcel. The City Commission chose, under Phase I, the east parcel for placement of the new City Hall and the west parcel for the new parking garage. They also approved creation of two (2) outparcels on the 500 Wood Street parcel. One outparcel is proposed for townhome development to serve as a parking garage buffer to the residential neighborhood to the south. The second outparcel, which will front Highland Avenue, is being reserved for retail development. Sale proceeds from the two outparcels will be used to help defray project costs.
The new City Hall is estimated to contain approximately 38,000 sq. ft. of programming space and will be comprised of a two-story administrative wing and a single-story Commission Chamber. Frequently accessed public services will be obtained from a One-Stop Shop off the main lobby. A public art component will be featured in the design. The building will include solar power and a standby emergency generator, be water and energy-efficient, constructed from renewable materials, and be consistent with the City’s EPIC! Goal of environmental sustainability. The building will have an estimated lifespan of 75 - 100-years. The companion parking garage is anticipated to hold approximately 282 parking spaces in addition to some 70 street-side spaces. The garage will have two elevated decks with a common entrance and exit off Louden Avenue and will include public restrooms along Virginia Street near Highland Avenue.
Next up, the City Commission will be discussing the various schematic design options depicting the look of the new City Hall in February, 2020.