Proposed Project Details
The proposed Civic Center will consolidate City administrative and public safety functions into a four-story building of approximately 130,000 square feet, including an 18,000- to 24,000-square-foot expansion space on the fourth floor. The selected site is on the current Community Services Building block (bound by First, Clay, Seminary, and Washington streets). The Civic Center will also include a new Fire Station #1 on the current Housing Authority site on the north side of Clay Street at Seminary Street. A 271-space parking garage will also be constructed on a surface parking lot at 1511 Clay Street (just west of the existing Clay Street Garage).
Conceptual renderings were presented in December 2017 as a starting point for a community discussion regarding design of the proposed Civic Center. Based on feedback received at community and stakeholder meetings, Plenary's team revised the designs, which are incorporated in the design review application submitted in April 2018 to the City and the public this spring.
In an effort to replace failing City buildings, reduce the City’s footprint, better utilize existing real estate, and make City operations more efficient, the City Council directed staff to develop a consolidated Civic Center project with the following project goals:
- Provide a modern and efficient building which provides the public with easy access to conduct their business with the City through consolidation of multiple locations, reduces redundancy of support services, standardizes work space sizes and function, logically places departments which interact with the public frequently, and enhances wayfinding support.
- Co-locate departments which interact frequently.
- Integrate technology throughout the facility to achieve efficiency.
- Expand space for delivery of services for several departments which have outgrown their current footprint.
- Include a Council Chamber for use by the city and community groups.
- Meet the sustainability goals of the city by reducing energy costs and Green House Gas Emissions.
- Reduce cost associated with leased space and the need to retrofit/remodel aging city buildings.
- Minimize the project cost with the sale of excess land to continue the revitalization of Downtown.
- Allow development of private uses which generates tax revenues to partially offset costs and adds to the downtown vitality and character.