Millcreek City Hall Future Plans
Time is running out for City Hall's sojourn in the remodeled strip center on the corner of 33rd South and 13th East. Centrally located, the strip center has provided a convenient and comfortable temporary space to start-up our new City four years ago. But our lease will be up in the summer of 2023 and we need to make plans for a permanent location.
Locating City Hall in the new City Center was not in the original thought process that brought about that development. But a conversation last summer with an owner of property in the City Center got planners within the City thinking:Would it be possible to save tax dollars by leveraging a public-private partnership to build a new City Hall?
Could putting City Hall next to the Common serve as a catalyst for economic development in the City Center?
The City began to solicit Millcreek residents for their thoughts about a new City Hall. Should we build one to own, or lease space again for another? Where should it be located? Is it a good idea to combine civic and commercial space? We'd very much appreciate your clicking here
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The City also engaged MHTN Architects to look at the possibilities of placing City Hall within the City Center. Earlier this week at a virtual special meeting with the City Council, MHTN presented some of those possibilities. Click on the button below to see the presentation. (The meeting starts at minute 7:51).
As MHTN explained, tying civic uses together with public space has been accomplished successfully in many cities. MHTN provided several examples of such public/private partnerships, where shared parking, shared space for public and private activities, and shared financing benefit the entire community. A true city center, they explained, has residential, commercial and civic uses.
MHTN presented ideas for retail spaces on a ground floor below a possible City Hall in the City Center -- spaces that would open onto the Millcreek Common's planned ice ribbon and park. They showed the possibility of accommodating the UPD's Millcreek Precinct within the building, which would benefit the City Center with a community oriented police presence. They posed ideas for sustainability of the facility. They gave examples of site plans and outlined the pros and cons of possible locations within the City Center.
A new City Hall, regardless of where it is located, how it will be financed, and what it will include, is still very much in the planning stages. Residents' input is an important part of the City Council's decision-making. Please take the survey
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. She would love to hear from you.