Apex considers space needs on Town Hall campus

aramos@newsobserver.comJanuary 19, 2014 

— The town is growing, which means a bigger demand for services. To keep up, Apex might add a fourth building to its Town Hall campus or renovate the existing space.

Apex’s growth rate was at about 5 percent last year, said Marty Mitchell, fleet and facilities services director for the town.

“At that growth rate, that is going to lend itself to more employees and services,” Mitchell said. “More employees mean you have to have a place to put them.”

It would take years to plan and build a new structure at the campus on Hunter Street, so it’s important to start now, Mitchell said.

Another possibility would be to renovate the existing Town Hall, which is about a decade old, to make room for more people, said Town Manager Bruce Radford.

The council chambers could move from the second to the first floor, which would improve accessibility.

Any new additions would include added security features that have become the norm in newer municipal buildings across the country, Radford said.

The Apex Town Council recently approved spending $20,000 for architectural firm BBH Design of Raleigh to perform a needs assessment and other pre-design services. The process should take about three months.

BBH Design previously put the plans together for the Town Hall and community center in Apex.

A new building could be about 36,000 square feet and cost about $7 million, according to early projections drawn up in 2009.

Mitchell said the town would likely keep the courtyard area at Town Hall intact.

On Upchurch Street, Apex is already making new room for employees. By mid-March, the first phase of the town’s 10-acre expanded public works campus should be complete, Mitchell said.

When it opens, the site will house about 80 employees with room for future growth, Mitchell said.

The town approved construction of the first phase, for $7.7 million, in November 2012 to build an administration building, warehouse, storage yard and vehicle-washing bay.

As part of the second phase, the town will move the electrical department from its current Mt. Zion site. Design work is pending.

Ramos: 919-460-2609; Twitter: @AlianaCaryNews

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