Dreams of a new civic center for the Town of Cedaredge government offices are getting some competition from an alternative idea for housing town officials and their work.
The Cedaredge Town Board, at its Oct. 17 meeting, looked at two sketches for a possible remodeling of the Cedaredge Community Center (CCC) that would make the building more suitable for town government uses.
A remodeled Community Center as conceived in the sketches would eliminate the need for a whole new structure being built to house town government.
The sketches were provided to the town without cost by architect Will Snowdon. The town board has given its approval to apply for a grant that would pay half the cost of "architectural estimating for construction." If the grant application is approved by Region 10, the town would match the other half of the total $7,000 to $9,000 project study cost with its own funds.
A near-term objective for a remodel project would be to convert current space to provide a permanent area for council meetings. Municipal court would also be housed in the space.
The near-term plan, being considered for possible completion next year, would take the current rooms B and C in the Community Center's northwest corner and convert them for the council/court activities. The idea presented to the trustees on Oct. 17 would result in closing off the building's back hallway and using 39 feet of the hallway space for the remodeled council/court chambers.
A longer-range vision for the Community Center remodel idea would involve a complete remodeling of the building, with expanded space for the police department and offices for the public works director and building inspector.
The complete remodel would include an addition to the front of the building to provide additional space. The current dining room would become a meeting/events room and the kitchen would be retained for general service use.
The idea is based on plans to convert the Hunsicker School cafeteria for use as a commercial kitchen, senior meal site, and community room, thus freeing up the room for those uses from their current Community Center locations.
Ideas for a new civic center building included possible sale of the Community Center.blog comments powered by Disqus