What do we want our future to be, here in the Island City? How do we sustain and grow our local economy? On May 21, 2019 the City Commission Chambers was full of interested residents, business owners and thought leaders to discuss the highest and best use of the City Hall property.
The City has contracted with the Treasure Coast Planning Council (TCPC) to assist in determining the community vision for the City Hall property. At the meeting, after a brief introduction by City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson, TCPC staff gave a thorough presentation on current market analysis and trends, to set the stage for public discussion. The full presentation can be found here.
For generations, the public space bound by Wilton Drive, NE 21 Court and NE 20 Drive has provided for our community. A sizeable piece of the property came into public ownership through a generous donation of one of our pioneers, Alvar Hagen. The property has served as a hub of governance, public safety, and the home of our signature recreation facilities. As the redevelopment of Wilton Drive progresses, the City Hall property is a valuable and essential piece of the puzzle.
The City proposes to have a robust public discussion of whether the property should be redeveloped and if so, what the highest and best use for the property would be. As the steward of the property, the City wants to provide a future vision that ensures the maintenance of our small town sensibility, open space, leisure activities, and public gathering space as well as other potential commercial purposes of the property. At the same time, as an arts and entertainment district and transit oriented corridor, Wilton Drive is the focus of our urban village, and we want to closely examine the potential for uses other than municipal. Over the years, many proposals have been offered for this property, and going forward the City would like to shape any future proposals based on our own collective vision for its best use.
If you missed the meeting, no worries! You will have additional opportunities to weigh in. The next public workshop is scheduled for August 22nd. In the meantime, if you have ideas or feedback, feel free to email email@example.com.