GLASGOW – The bulk of Wednesday's meeting of the Glasgow Public-Private Parks Committee was spent discussing tweaks to the conceptual design for a public space along West Main Street.
The primary element under discussion was the pavilion to be the home for a farmers market on Saturday mornings but with flexibility to be used for other things during the rest of the week. The other main item planned for the space is an amphitheater, and a few other features have been discussed as well.
Cory Underwood, director of marketing, and Matt Allen, a civil designer, both with Glasgow-based American Engineers Inc., were at the last meeting and provided information on details like occupancy rates, said Wes Simpson, who chairs the committee. They returned Wednesday and brought three options for possible designs. Option 1 had about two-thirds of the pavilion enclosed. Option 2 had all of it enclosed, and Option 3, the length of the pavilion had been shortened by 20 feet and additional covered, but not enclosed, space was added along the sides.
Any of them could house 26 to 30 vendors for the market under roof, Allen said.
Committee member Amy Vann noted that would be with booth spaces of 10 feet by 10 feet and a 10-foot walkway between the rows.
Underwood said the reason for some of the changes was because of the logistics with having garage doors to provide some open-air feel but with the option to close them during the colder months, and another thing he said they were recommending was to not let vehicles' back completely up to the openings for unloading and loading, because inevitably the vehicles would hit the walls and cause damage. A buffer space was suggested, such as a raised sidewalk area around the building, which would still provide the access they need.
Simpson asked Brandi Button, executive director for Sustainable Glasgow, the organization that presents Bounty of the Barrens Farmers Market, what the preferences were from that side.
She said the board members were not necessarily opposed to having it all enclosed as long as it had garage doors that could be opened for unloading and loading, but they also liked the idea of having at least part of it not enclosed, for more of an open-air feel.
From that emerged a fourth option Underwood sketched that still had it all under roof with about two-thirds enclosed, with garage doors, and a third open, but the width of Option 3 was there for the enclosed area, and 10 of the 20 feet of length that had been removed was added back.
Glasgow Councilman Patrick Gaunce, who is not on the committee but whose family intends to pledge a significant contribution for the project, said that they want to provide for the market, but it also needs to be as multipurpose as possible for other community uses, and that would also help ensure approval by the city council.
“You won't get a chance to build it a second time,” he said.
Access to bathrooms and other details were batted around, and Councilwoman Chasity Lowery, who is a committee member, said it needs to be as community-friendly as possible.
Button said she thought the Sustainable Glasgow board would be inclined to like the new Option 4, but she would need to go back to them to discuss it before she could say for sure, as long as the unload/load space was covered.
Allen had also prepared a list of rough cost estimates for site preparation and the shell part of the structures. He said that because they are engineers, he was more confident on the site work figures, which totaled $1.09 million for earthwork, paving, concrete for curb and sidewalks, drainage structures, erosion control, landscaping and utilities, but he still suggested they view it as a plus-or-minus 25 percent figure.
The building estimates were in the neighborhood of $2.8 million – again, just for the structure shells, putting the grand total for this much at around $3.8 million.
Those figures do not include amenity items like benches, a fountain or splash pad, and interior construction or engineering/architectural design, Allen said. He said that they can be a whole lot more definitive with the estimates as things move forward, because several pieces of information are yet to be determined with regard to site preparation, for example.
Lowery said “a cute little splash pad” could be done for around $25,000, but they range up to “superwow amazing” for $250,000.
Other general issues included in discussion over the course of the meeting were the types of other events and uses that could take place, lighting and sound systems, licensing for alcohol sales, i.e. which type and under what entity, and more.
Some other items were on the agenda, like finalizing pledge/sponsorship levels for some of the less expensive features, but in an effort to keep the meeting to 90 minutes, Simpson said they would postpone that to the next meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 20.
The committee itself cannot make any final decisions on advancing the project that would be jointly funded with city money, potentially some government grants and private contributions. Simpson asked the group to be thinking about some of the sections that would need to be in the written proposal to the city council for its consideration of whether it wants to proceed with the project.