- 2019 General Obligation Bond Referendum
- South Street Steering Committee
- Public Workshops
At the June 11, 2019 meeting, the Board of Commissioners initiated the process to place a $14 million general obligation bond referendum on the November 5, 2019 ballot for consideration by the voters of Davidson in order to pay for public facilities.
The project includes two core components – renovation of the historic 251 South Street for a new town center and reconfiguring the current town hall to better accommodate the needs of the Davidson Police and Fire Departments in order to serve the community as effectively as possible.
The completed renovations of 251 South Street, done in a way to preserve the historic character of the building, will create a new town center where approximately half of the building is available for community gathering space. Town of Davidson offices will also occupy the building, providing for the growing needs of the town’s administrative functions.
For public safety, the current town hall reconfiguration will allow the Police Department to occupy the entire main level and add work space for both current and future needs, forensic evidence storage, and a secure exterior space for storage and core police operational functionally. Fire Station 1 will also be modified to improve the kitchen and restroom areas, in addition to adding additional living quarters.Visioning Workshop with the Town Board
What is a General Obligation Bond?
A general obligation bond is typically the lowest interest rate borrowing available to a municipality. As opposed the other types of financing which are collateralized by the assets which is being financed, the G.O. Bond is secured by the taxing power of the Town. G.O. bonds are typically issued with a duration of 20-years and require the approval of the voters and the Local Government Commission (LGC). After approval of a bond referendum a municipality has 7 years to issue the bonds (may be extended to 10 years under certain circumstances).
What does it mean for homeowners when municipalities fund capital projects with installment financing or General Obligation Bonds?
GO Bonds are secured by a pledge of the taxing power of the town, which means that the board of commissioners may need to raise ad valorem (property) taxes to pay for the debt. The issuance if installment financing may also require a tax increase to fund the required payments.
Open Town Hall survey results
March 5, 2019
March 26, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting
251 South Street Property:
- Attend the public input session on Wednesday, February 27
- Presentation by Stewart Gray (Davidson resident and Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Senior Preservation Planner)
- Update by South Street Steering Committee Chairs Elizabeth Martin and Matt Churchill
- Q&A period
From January 8, 2019 Manager's Report:
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
251 South Street School Landmark Information
December 17, 2018
Public input on facility location
December 17, 2018
Community Invited to Learn about Public Facilities Plan at Two Convenient Locations
HELPFUL INFORMATION SHEET
Community members are invited to learn about and provide input on our current public facilities proposal to master plan the property at 251 South Street for public facilities and other uses, and renovate our existing town hall for the police and fire departments on the following date:
• Monday, December 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at two locations:
o Davidson Town Hall board room
o Hopewell Baptist Church fellowship hall (18841 Davidson-Concord Road)
At the open house (drop-in format), we’ll share:
• Renovation plans for the school building at 251 South Street,
• Previous plans to construct a new town hall in front of the existing town, and
• Renovation plans for our existing town hall to house our police and fire departments.
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town staff to share feedback or fill out a comment card. Please join us; we want to hear from you.
If you are unable to attend the public input session on this date, please review details at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities and email your thoughts on the plans to renovate the former IB school for public facilities and other uses vs. building a new town hall in front of the existing town hall to PublicFacilities@townofdavidson.org.
“We have selected two locations on the same evening to encourage participation from all geographies in town,” said Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum. “The Davidson Board of Commissioners seeks feedback from the community to guide their decision-making process for this soon-to-be-acquired property.”
Why is the town considering this public facilities project?
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 all departments, board of commissioners' meetings, and community meeting space is particularly critical. We need to invest in our public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. In mid-December, the Town of Davidson will purchase the property at 251 South Street, consisting of a school building, gymnasium, parking lot, and green space. For more information, we encourage you to visit www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities. If you have questions or comments, please email us at PublicFacilities@townofdavidson.org.
December 13, 2018
The Town of Davidson purchased the property at 251 South Street and launched South Street Task Force application process.
On November 27, 2018, the board of commissioners requested that a citizen-led task force be formed to:
- Sponsor public engagement opportunities to solicit community input on ancillary uses for the available community space in the school building and recommend uses to the board of commissioners in March, 2019.
- Review and give feedback on the town use of the school building.
- Develop a master plan for the South Street site, with extensive public input.
Applications were available to the public from December 14, 2018 through January 3, 2019. Over 45 citizens applied to serve on the task force.
The nominating committee recommended 15 individuals as the South Street Steering Committee. Additionally, because of the breadth and depth of experience of the other applicants, there will be subcommittee opportunities for the remainder of the applicants to participate, according to their desire and expertise.
The South Street Steering Committee approved by the board of commissioners:
Co-chairs: Matt Churchill and Elizabeth Martin
Members: David Holthouser, Deborah Keenan, John Burgess, Lorraine Degree, Shelley Rigger, Marion Sekerak, Shana Erber, Lisa Koenig, Al Sudduth, John Griffith, Wynn Mabry, Susan Manning, Monica Galloway.
Stewart Gray will be an ex-officio member, representing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
In December, 2018, the town closed on their purchase of the 5 acre property at 251 South Street.
See South Street Steering Committee tab for more information on their work.
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.
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
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.