Farmington approves designs for Civic Center
The public will have a chance to view the designs and offer comments during an upcoming meeting
FARMINGTON — Designs for expanding and renovating the Farmington Civic Center include a proposed water feature outside and a 5,500-square-foot expansion inside.
The Farmington City Council approved the designs during a meeting this morning. Community members will have one more chance to offer comments during a public meeting that has not yet been scheduled.
Renovations will impact every part of the building, ranging from the plumbing and electricity to the outside appearance. The project will bring the 40-year-old facility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional parking for people with disabilities, an elevator or wheelchair lift and additional ADA bathrooms included in the new design are intended to improve access to the Farmington Civic Center.
In August, the council approved an $11.5 million loan that will be paid back using money raised through a $2.50 fee visitors pay per hotel room per night. City Manager Rob Mayes said money raised from that fee can only be spent on the Civic Center.
A water feature out front may be included as an optional item that could be added to the Civic Center at a later date. The water fountain would be similar to the splash pads in Berg and Orchard parks and could be turned off during events like the Totah Festival to allow more space for dancing.
If the city chooses to include the fountain in the final project, it would cost about $100,000 to install. Including the fountain, architects anticipate the project will cost about $11.37 million.
Councilors expressed their support for the fountain, which would also give children a place to cool off during the summer.
"I really like that idea, by the way," said Councilor Nate Duckett. "I'm concerned that (Councilor Sean Sharer)'s going to be out playing in it, but I really like it."
Cory Styron, director of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, said his staff is happy with the designs overall.
"Now we have a place where we can have festivals downtown," he said.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.