Village council votes on town hall location, talks elevation options
As the construction of Wesley Chapel’s new town hall draws closer, the village has explored different options on the location and form of the building. Now village officials are turning to the citizens for feedback.
The three main points for discussion during the village council’s meeting on Nov. 14 were the location of the building, the elevation of the facility, and the proposed floor plan.
Regarding the building’s elevation, the town hall building committee presented two options to the public. Option A sets the arches in a more recessed location, closer to the building’s entrance, while Option B would extend the arches further away from the building, so to be seen more prominently.
The building committee originally chose Option A as the preferred elevation. However, the public almost unanimously favored Option B.
“The elevation recommendation from the council at this point is to bid out both Option A and Option B due to the fact that we were literally split in half between the council and the feedback that came from the public. (We will) bid them out just to look and see what the price difference would be,” council member Howard Brotton said.
The recommendation for the building’s location was to move the building closer to Highway 84 than originally planned and turn the building to face the highway. After a brief discussion, the council voted unanimously to approve this location change.
At the public forum, the council received positive feedback from the public regarding the proposed floor plan, which would include a kitchen, conference room, council chambers, restrooms, and storage space. Council members voted unanimously to approve the building committee’s recommendation.
The next steps for Wesley Chapel include finalizing an agreement between the village council and Aston Properties, the company that owns the commercial property adjacent to the town hall location, in which both parties would enter into a partnership to build a common shared road. Once an agreement is reached, the council will present the results to Fuller Architecture and secure the bidding documents.
Council members are eager to follow through with the construction of the town hall and finally have the opportunity to utilize the facility.
“I’d like to get it on the record before my tenure expires that I think (the building) should be used to the fullest extent possible,” Mayor Pro-Tem Sondra Bradford said. “I’d just like to support, if we’re spending the money, fully (utilizing) it and (opening) it up to the community as much as possible.”