City Presents Initial Design Concepts And Cost Estimates For Proposed Brookview Replacement
July 23, 2015
At two open houses July 15 and July 20, the City of Golden Valley presented initial design concepts and cost estimates for the proposed replacement of Brookview Community Center, and the public was invited to provide input. Approximately 40 people attended both events, which were held from 6-7:3o pm at Brookview Community Center.
Information gathered at the open houses will be presented to the City Council, which will further consider the project at a future meeting.
Residents unable to attend the open houses can view the presentation materials here. The web page also includes a link to an online comment form. Additional public comments will be taken until July 31, 2015.
Brookview Community Center is nearly 100 years old and has been expanded and remodeled several times over the years. With critical repairs looming, the City is faced with either investing in maintenance of the aging building or investing in a new building that better suits community needs. Estimated cost to repair Brookview Community Center is it currently stands is $6 million.
With the help of a consultant, a Council-appointed citizen task force spent nine months in 2014 studying how Brookview Community Center meets Golden Valley’s needs for recreation programming, meeting spaces, banquet facilities, and community gathering spots as well as the needs of its golf customers. The City Council asked for recommendations ranging from $9 million (the baseline cost to replace Brookview at its current size of approximately 20,000 square feet) to $38 million. In December 2014, the task force recommended a vision and initial design concepts for a community center facility at approximately 79,000 square feet and a cost of $38 million.
After considering tax impacts for the range of costs involved, in May the Golden Valley City Council directed staff to hire the architecture firm Hammel, Green & Abrahamson (HGA) to begin a pre-design phase and public input process. The goal was to appropriately size conceptual designs put forth by the task force to align with community needs and budgetary constraints, with an approximate budget of $9–$12 million and the potential for future expansion.
For more information, go to www.goldenvalleymn.gov/recreation/brookview/brookview-study.php or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 763-512-2345.