By Kristi Reed
After rejecting two designs for a proposed expansion of Dacula City Hall, council members authorized sending a compromise design out for bid for architectural services during the March 6 Dacula City Council meeting.
During the Feb. 27 work session, council members expressed concerns about the two designs originally presented for review. The plan presented Thursday night, however, met with unanimous approval.
"We took a little bit from each concept plan," City Administrator Jim Osborn explained.
In creating the new design, staff eliminated one of the cupolas from the original plans, removed the second front door, changed the roofline and eliminated the breezeway between the existing city hall and the addition.
City officials estimate the expansion will cost approximately $135 per square foot or roughly $457,000. The city has allocated $615,000 in the budget for administrative facility construction.
"We're going to need more room as we go forward," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said.
During Thursday night's meeting, council members also tabled a rezoning vote that will affect the 34 properties currently targeted for annexation by the city. On Feb. 6, the Dacula City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution for the legislative annexation of approximately 75 acres along Highway 29 between University Parkway and Dacula. The annexation request -- HB 999 -- passed the state house on Feb. 21 and is currently in senate committee. If approved by the General Assembly, the 34 properties would become part of a commercial corridor leading into the city of Dacula.
The city intends to rezone 70.15 of the 75 acres as C-2 (general business district) and 4.87 as M-1 (light industrial) if the annexation is approved. In anticipation of the approval, the council held a public hearing last night regarding the proposed rezoning. No one spoke in opposition.
Since the council cannot rezone properties that are not within the city limits, the rezoning vote was tabled. City Attorney Dennis Still explained that if the annexation is approved, the vote may be held at that time.
In other business during the March 6 meeting, the Dacula City Council:
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