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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.

Following the board of commissioners' decisions at their mini-retreat and board meeting in July, 2016, town staff is moving forward with a planning process for public facilities on the 3.5 acres of town-owned land downtown.  The option under consideration includes renovating and expanding the existing town hall building, constructing a new town facility on Main Street, and exploring solutions for expanded parking.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued for a design team to undertake the process. It will include two major phases: 1) conceptual design and public input process resulting in a site master plan; and 2) upon a vote by the board of commissioners to move forward, the schematic design, design development, and production of construction documents for the proposed buildings and site improvements.  We have selected Creech & Associates as the architect.

Public Facilities Steering Committee (now dissolved)

The Public Facilities Steering Committee will work collaboratively with the design team to guide the planning and design process for the construction and renovation of the town’s downtown public facilities and the design of a long-term parking solution for the downtown area.

The committee members are: Tom Goodwin of the Design Review Board, Mickey Pettus and Bob Miller of the Planning Board, Dave Cable of the Livability Board, David Holthouser representing Davidson College, and Jeff Michael, Steve McLeod, and Kathleen Rose as citizen-at-large members.
John Woods, Beth Cashion, and Brian Jenest are the participating elected officials.


January 10, 2017 Update to Board of Commissioners (Dawn Blobaum)
February 14, 2017 Creech & Associates (David Creech)
March 9, 2017 Presentation from Public Workshop #1
March 9, 2017 Public Workshop #1 -- boards at each station
Video from March 9 workshop
March 28, 2017 Presentation (Dawn Blobaum)
March 28, 2017 Presentation (Creech & Associates)
Video from March 28 meeting (Public Facilities discussion starts around 37:50)
April 6, 2017 Public Workshop #2 presentation (Creech & Associates)
April 6, 2017 Public Workshop #2 -- boards at each station
Video from April 6 workshop
April 25, 2017 Presentation (Creech & Associates)
Video from April 25, 2017 meeting
Stantec's Parking Presentation from May 9, 2017 meeting
Video from May 9, 2017 meeting: Public Facilities begins at 01:36:07
Presentation from May 11, 2017 Public Facilities meeting at DUMC
Video from May 11, 2017 Public Facilities meeting
May 23, 2017 Presentation (Creech & Associates)
May 23, 2017 Presentation on Financial Analysis (Jamie Justice and Piet Swart)
Video from May 23, 2017 meeting (Discussion begins at 7:45)
Presentation from August 8, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting
Public Facilities Financial Analysis from August 8, 2017
Video from August 8, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting
Presentation from November 14, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting (Creech & Associates)
Presentation from February 13, 2018 Board of Commissioners meeting (Asst. Town Manager Dawn Blobaum, Steering Committee Member Dave Cable, and Brent Green from Creech & Associates)
Presentation from February 27, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting (Asst. Town Manager Dawn Blobaum)
Information from March 27, 2018 meeting
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

Master Plan for the site

The full build-out of public facilities on the town-owned 3.5 acres includes a new town hall, police station, and fire station.  The buildings will be sized for current staff needs and growth for 20 years. 

The new town hall will be located facing Main Street and the police and fire stations (or one combined public safety facility) will be located facing Jackson Street.  

The new town hall location gives us more of a presence on Main Street and includes a public plaza that will incorporate the existing “Dance of Life” sculpture and provide direct access to Knox Court and the farmers’ market area.   

Placing the police and fire facilities on Jackson Street animates the street with active uses, sidewalks and street trees to encourage pedestrian use.  


Comprehensive Parking Study 2017