September 6, 2018
This summer, the Davidson Board of Commissioners directed staff to pursue the purchase of the site of the former IB school. At its August 14 meeting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education declared its intent to sell the parcel located at 251 South Street to the Town of Davidson, contingent upon the county declining its statutory right of first refusal. On September 5, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to decline its first right of refusal enabling CMS to proceed with selling the property to the Town of Davidson for $2,460,000. The next steps are for staff to perform a “due diligence” process on the purchase for the next 60 days. In that time, we will complete a site survey and a Phase 1 environmental study. We anticipate the use of installment financing at the closing in early December. The Davidson Board of Commissioners believe that it is important to purchase this site so it remains in town control in perpetuity. It offers 33,500 square feet of space to cover public facilities space needs. In addition to the historic school building, this site offers a gymnasium, fields, and parking. The Davidson Board of Commissioners need to decide how we should use that property – should we renovate the school for town offices and community space or master plan the buildings and entire five acres. Stay tuned for public engagement opportunities because we’ll need further input from our citizens.
As Davidson's population has grown from 4,000 in 1990 to almost 13,000 today, we have outgrown our existing town hall. Ensuring adequate space for our police and fire departments is particularly critical. We need to invest in public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. Here are the space needs assessments conducted by Creech & Associates, our architect:
Town Hall Space Needs Analysis
Fire & Rescue Space Needs Analysis
Police Space Needs Analysis
August 7, 2018
At the August 7, 2018, the Davidson Board of Commissioners shared that they worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to seek a contract to purchase the former IB School on South Street for $2.46 million, potentially through installment financing. They voted to authorize staff to perform a “due diligence” process on the purchase and cancel the general obligation bond referendum for the November 6, 2018 election. The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will consider the sale of this property to the Town of Davidson in September, and then assuming the vote passes, we will have 90 days from that date to purchase the property. The $2.46 million price was determined by an appraisal conducted by CMS. Future public engagement will determine how to master plan the site. The board of commissioners believe that it is important to purchase this site so it remains in town control in perpetuity. It offers 33,500 square feet of space to cover our 20-25,000 square feet of space needs. In addition to the historic school building, this site offers a gymnasium, fields, and parking. Since there will be no bond referendum in November, the board of commissioners have decided not to host a table at the Davidson Farmers’ Market on Saturday, August 11 as previously promoted.
July 10, 2018
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum and Finance Director Pieter Swart reviewed the status of the public facilities project (renovating the former IB school for town hall and our existing town hall for our police and fire departments) including alternative cost estimates and the estimated financial impact on taxpayers.
General Obligation Bond Order for Public Facilities
The Davidson Board of Commissioners introduced a proposed draft bond order authorizing the issuance of $16,335,000 general obligation public facilities bonds of the Town of Davidson. They approved Resolution 2018-19 that sets a public hearing date for citizen comment on the proposed draft bond order for Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. (Cancelled at the August 7, 2018 meeting).
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum led a discussion on the cost estimates for renovation of the former IB School to house the board room, administration and other departments, and parks and recreation programming space, and the renovation and expansion of our existing town hall for the police and fire departments, including additional parking. The Davidson Board of Commissioners would like to continue discussions on the plan, work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on lease terms (the school board needs to vote to allow this use for their building), and request that the architect/construction manager review the scope of work to bring down the total estimated cost from $16.3 million to a lower (undefined) number. The board of commissioners authorized our finance director to proceed with the bond order so that voters can vote on general obligation bonds to fund this project on November 7.
General Obligation (GO) Bond Process for Public Facilities Project
Finance Director Pieter Swart led a discussion of the general obligation (GO) bond process for the public facilities project. The board of commissioners approved three resolutions to authorize the Town of Davidson to take the next step in the process to issue general obligation bonds.
April 24, 2018
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum gave an update on our public facilities research. Architect Creech and Associates has completed Phase I of the investigation into the former IB School site study for joint use as town hall and CMS North District Office and presented the results of their “test-fit.” The board voted to appropriate $28,000 in funds from the public facilities capital project fund for Phase II of the site study (includes the school building and gymnasium).
The goal is to adhere to a schedule allowing us to put a referendum on the November 13, 2018 ballot, so citizens can vote on this project.
Information from April 24, 2018 meeting
Video from June 12, 2018 Board of Commissioners meeting
June 20, 2018 Creech and Associates presentation
June 12, 2018 public facilities update
June 20, 2018 school renovations schedule
July 10 Public Facilities Presentation by Asst. Town Manager Dawn Blobaum and Finance Director Piet Swart
July 10 Floor plans for IB School and Davidson Town Hall renovations
Comprehensive Parking Study 2017
If you would like a tour of town hall, please contact Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul at 704-940-9602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 7, 2018:
If the purchase of the Former IB School is accomplished, we will host more public workshops to master plan the site for municipal and community purposes. Please stay tuned for details.