Residents Invited to Provide Input to Shape New Town Hall – Public Input Meeting August 5th at 6 p.m. at Existing Town Hall (101 Huntersville-Concord Rd)
Earlier this year, Huntersville Commissioners approved a contract for the design of a new town hall on the land adjacent to the existing Town Center/Discovery Place Kids building.
Public input is an important part of this process and the first public engagement session for this project is set for next month.
NOTE UPDATED TIME AND LOCATION – This public input meeting will be held Thursday, August 5th at the existing Huntersville Town Hall (101 Huntersville-Concord Road) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Lalacaboosa concert series is going on at Veterans Park that night from 6 to 9 p.m. and we hope residents will stop by town hall on their way or as they leave to share input.
This event was originally set for August 3rd and has been rescheduled to avoid conflict with National Night Out. We hope everyone will join us from 6 to 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday at North Mecklenburg Park for another great National Night Out -- and check out the rest of the activities August 2-6 throughout Huntersville!
Thursday’s meeting is the first of three public engagement efforts led by project designers as a survey and a second public meeting will be held some time in November as the design phase nears completion.
The meeting will begin with a brief presentation from Creech and Associates, the architect leading the design of the new building. Following the introductory presentation, residents are encouraged to visit a series of stations around the room to share their input on everything from the look and feel of the new building to the function of community spaces and the council chambers. To encourage as much participation as possible, the consultants will have a “boarding pass” for attendees that visit every station to become eligible to win a gift card to a downtown business.
The current town hall was built in 1996 and pre-COVID-19 regularly had residents standing in all corners of the room during busy town board meetings. The Town previously relocated half of the staff in town hall in 2010 upon completion of the Huntersville Town Center building when planning and transportation staff were relocated to the 3rd floor above Discovery Place Kids to allow for more adequate space for staff and future growth. The existing town hall is also very limited in available space for additional staff and lacking conference room meeting space for staff and/or the community.
It is estimated this project will cost $13-14 million and a variety of funding sources have already been identified from the sale of town-owned land and buildings. The existing town hall would be marketed and likely sold upon completion of the new town hall.