Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plans for new City Hall gets mixed reviews in Dade City

The plans for Dade City’s new City Hall are a work in progress, the architect says.

Special to the Times

The plans for Dade City’s new City Hall are a work in progress, the architect says.

DADE CITY — Officials got their first glimpse this week at the long-awaited architectural plans for the new City Hall.

"I think it just breathes new life into the city and into downtown," said City Manager Billy Poe, who has spearheaded the effort to replace the existing seven-decade-old structure.

The proposed $4 million building would cover 24,000 square feet, housing the city's offices and the Police Department under one roof. It would be built at the same site as the existing City Hall.

But not everyone loved the design.

City Commissioner Eunice Penix said it looks too modern: "I know we need a city hall really bad, but I think they can re-do the looks of the (new) building."

City Commissioner Bill Dennis also favored a more historic look.

"I just don't like it at all," he said. "It's just plain. It's not very compatible for downtown."

The architect described the plans — which Poe presented to commissioners Tuesday evening — as a work in progress.

"That is an early conceptual study," said Lisa Wannemacher, of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, the St. Petersburg company that drew up the plans for Dade City. "That is a start. It was premature to release that early elevation study. It's very preliminary."

The current three-story City Hall, which serves as the city's main hub, holds decades of history, but is showing signs of age. Some walls and floors are cracked.

The current City Hall "doesn't put off a good image to the community," Poe said. "It looks like a bomb shelter."

When the fiscal year started last October, city commissioners set aside funds to get architectural plans drawn up for the new digs.

Poe said the city will apply soon for a USDA Community Facility Development Grant that would cover about 55 percent of the cost of construction. The city would have to cover the rest. The grant application process is lengthy, so city officials are uncertain when construction would start.

"Construction costs are down compared to three to four years ago," Trilby resident Wilton Simpson said at the commission meeting Tuesday evening. "Dade City is going to need to act very quickly or it's going to cost us a whole lot more 18 months from now."

"My hope is that within a year we can begin construction, but it all depends on the grant," Poe said.

Ebony Windom can be reached at ebony.windom@yahoo.com.

Plans for new City Hall gets mixed reviews in Dade City 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  2. No lack of issues facing St. Petersburg's six council candidates

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates (from left)  Brandi Gabbard and Barclay Harless in District 2; Jerick Johnston and incumbent council member Darden Rice in District 4; and Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll of District 6. All six candidates appeared at Monday night's forum at City Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

  3. Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears

    World

    IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq's central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response.

    People celebrate Monday after voting closed in a referendum on independence in Irbil, Iraq.
  4. North Korean diplomat says Trump has 'declared war'

    War

    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's weekend tweet was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday.
  5. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]