The Spring Hill City Council will consider at its October 27 meeting a project authorization resolution to move forward with a plan to revitalize the Spring Hill Civic Center.
The Spring Hill Civic Center has served many vital purposes throughout the building’s 65-year life. The structure that is now the Civic Center was built in 1951 as an elementary school. The City of Spring Hill purchased the building in 1994 for $1, and the Spring Hill Multi-Service Center moved into the facility. City Hall moved into the building in summer 2004, and City operations have been based out of the Civic Center since that time.
Since the building was purchased from the school district, minimal investments have been made to update the Civic Center. Due to its age and changes in use, the current facility presents a number of issues including:
- Inadequate offerings for public uses, including community gathering spaces, meeting rooms, and fitness facilities. Through public engagement initiatives like Project Connect, Neighborhood Walk & Talks, and community surveys, residents strongly expressed their need for better public places to gather, play, exercise, and learn.
- Insufficient or ineffective heating and air conditioning. The gymnasium is unusable during the summer months due to lack of air conditioning. Poor air flow in other areas of the facility and aged, leaky single-pane windows are detrimental to the building’s energy efficiency and air quality.
- Lack of ADA-accessible features including restroom facilities.
- Improved security and customer service. Here, City offices are spread out in former classrooms along the Civic Center’s main corridor. The main customer service offices at City Hall are in a small, confined area and are situated so that front desk staff cannot greet who is entering the building until they are just a few yards away.
For several years, City staff have been working in-house to develop practical, cost-effective plans to tackle each of these vital community concerns. Treanor Architects, a firm seasoned in the design and remodeling of civic buildings, was hired in early 2016 to develop a design using the building’s existing footprint.
The plan being presented before the City Council calls for a revitalization of the Civic Center to meet key community programming and facility needs while prolonging the life of an aging public building. The proposed design works within a limited budget to reestablish the Civic Center as the community’s hub for civic, recreational, and cultural activities.
The City Council will consider authorizing this project during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in Room 15 of the Civic Center.