5/4/19 -You may have heard about the proposed City Plaza. The vision of Eric Lashley, includes a plaza that would connect the city buildings and would offer a venue for smaller events.
The Georgetown City Council has been considering many aspects of the proposed City Plaza.
The idea of the proposed Plaza is not to move all the events from the Square to the City Center. The plaza will host smaller events such as music performances, Easter egg hunts and movie night.
The City Plaza would also connect the City Center, consisting of The City Hall, Council Chambers and Municipal Court, The Public Library and The historic Light and Waterworks Building which will be the home to the cities’ Economic Development and Planning Departments. (more below)
The proposal includes the removal of 42 parking spaces, the concern here is that will compound a problem for people with disabilities.
Also being considered in the proposal are two smoke stack-like structures that would create an archway to serve as a path into the plaza. The smoke stacks could be lit up during night events.
The concern here is that the residents might be bothered by the light while they are trying to sleep. The plan is to get input from the surrounding residents.
The city council will consider this again in their July or August meeting.
~Many thanks to the Williamson County Sun. You can read the entire article in the May 5th, 2019 edition.
If you read today’s (2/13/19) article in the Sun you know about the plans for a new City Plaza.
The group of 4 buildings used by the City for their offices are located in a way that creates a city campus just west of the Georgetown Square. The city is saying that they will be giving this area a new name. It has a working name of Downtown West.
Here are some artist renderings we found on the city website and are shown here courtesy of the City of Georgetown.
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The City Campus/Downtown West Project 4 buildings include:
1) The City Hall located at 808 Martin Luther King Street
2) Council Chambers and Municipal Court located at 510 West Ninth Street
3) The Public Library at 402 W 8th Street
4) The historic Light and Waterworks Building which will be the home to the cities’ Economic Development and Planning Departments, 809 Martin Luther King Street.
As of this posting, the city has begun to move their offices into the new buildings and have begun to do business there.
According to the article; Eric Lashley has a vision of a city plaza that would create a space for small city events. Mr. Lashley has ordered conceptual drawings of the site from Covey Landscape Architects. These will be presented to the City Council for review.
Mr. Lashley’s vision includes the use of this new space for smaller events like Music on the Square and Market Days; plus a place for outdoor Library activities. Mr. Lashley still sees all the larger events continuing to be on the square.
From the City of Georgetown
“Known as Downtown West, the new civic campus will include a City Hall and Council Chamber and Municipal Court Building as well as the existing Georgetown Public Library that opened in 2007, the Historic Light and Water Works office building, and a public parking lot on Eighth Street.
“The $13 million project is funded by proceeds from the sale of City buildings, municipal bonds, and fee revenues. Construction should be complete in 12 months. The architect for the project is Lawrence Group and the contractor is Balfour Beatty.” 11/2017 Source