Public Facilities 

  1. Current Status
  2. Overview/History
  3. Tour Town Hall
  4. Public Workshops

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. 

Community Invited to Learn about Public Facilities Plans: December 17 at Two Convenient Locations

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.