Design services for the Jan Dempsey Art Center renovation project and the Martin Luther King Drive streetscape project were approved during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
The Jan Dempsey Art Center will be receiving updates to its interior and certain areas will be updated to meet ADA compliance.
The center will also be receiving a new ceramic studio, additional storage, a new dance studio and more parking spaces along East Drake Avenue as the budget allows, according to documents in the Council’s e-packet.
The renovations also include an evaluation of the detention pond on-site and the possible removal of the pickleball courts. The City will pay the architecture firm over $272,000 for their design services. The budget for the project sits at over $2.8 million for the project and over $2.19 million for construction costs.
The Martin Luther King Drive streetscape will also be receiving updates in the coming months. This project includes schematic design and design development, construction documents and permitting and construction administrative assistance, according to documents in the Council’s e-packet.
The streetscape project will cost $126,600 and is an item on the City’s current budget.
The Council also approved of a new contract with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, renewing and updating the terms of the Alabama Super 7.
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The new contract is for Auburn to host the Super 7 Championships in the years 2022, 2026, 2028 and 2032, with the options to review the terms after 6 years. The contract also specifies that Auburn will pay $75,000 in support of the Super 7, during the years it’s set to host the championships.
During the meeting, an ordinance for rezoning and resolution for conditional use were passed to establish an office complex and fire station in Woodward Oaks near North Donahue Drive and West Farmville Road.
During the Committee of the Whole, Mayor Ron Anders also established that the Dec. 3 Committee of the Whole will be used to discuss student housing and the findings of the Student Housing Task Force. The meeting will likely start earlier than normal, at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The other issues that were scheduled to be discussed at that time, the results of the impact fees study and the possibility of a police precinct on South College Street, will be given their own workshops to be held in December.
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