Project 22: Youth & Community Enrichment Facility Partnership

Open House for Site Selection Criteria
May 19, 2022
6:30-8:00 PM
Rocksprings Community Center
291 Henderson Extension

Online Survey for Site Selection Criteria
Open through May 22, 2022

Site Selection Criteria and Standards and Background Information (PDF)

The open house will provide residents with an opportunity to view and comment on the criteria that is being proposed for determining the best site for the new facility. Possible sites will be evaluated against the final criteria that will be approved by the Mayor and Commission after hearing recommendations from the SPLOST Site Selection Committee, a resident committee appointed by Mayor Kelly Girtz and chaired by District 8 Commissioner Carol Myers.

The open house is a drop-in format with information provided about each of the criteria. ACCGov staff and SPLOST Site Selection Committee members also will be at the open house to answer questions about the criteria. No formal presentation will be given.

An online survey is also now available at www.accgov.com/splost through Sunday, May 22 for resident comments. The survey also includes information on the proposed site criteria, area maps, and the project process.

After the criteria is approved by the Mayor and Commission, the SPLOST Site Selection Committee will begin the process to study candidate sites, hold an additional open house and survey on possible candidate sites, and provide candidate sites to the Mayor and Commission for consideration. This process is expected to take place throughout the remainder of 2022.

The SPLOST-funded Youth and Community Enrichment Facility Partnership project will provide a new facility in partnership with the Athens Land Trust for youth development and family educational programs in Athens-Clarke County. The project is envisioned to include components such as a computer lab and technology center, classrooms and conference space, associated administrative and operational areas, an incubator kitchen, wood and metal shops, and gardening and market space with an exterior pavilion and stage area. The Mayor and Commission selected the Athens Land Trust as the community partner and Architectural Collaborative, LLC for the facility design.

Initial Project Statement

The Youth and Community Enrichment Facility Partnership will provide a new facility in partnership with one or more organizations for youth development and family educational programs in Athens-Clarke County. It is expected that the partner(s) will provide capital funds to the project to support SPLOST funding. The project is envisioned to include components such as a computer lab and technology center, classrooms and conference space, game room, teen center, half gymnasium, associated administrative and operational areas, and an exterior stage area and sports field.

Project Updates

On December 7, 2021 The M&C approved the award of the Design Service Contract for Architectural Collaborative, LLC. The User Group and Design team held their kick-off meeting March 3, 2022.

SPLOST 2011 Project Monthly Update

Key Project Statistics

  • Designer: Architectural Collaborative, LLC
  • Contractor: To be determined
  • Program Manager: Jacobs Engineering
  • Sponsor: Leisure Services
  • Original SPLOST Budget: $2,940,000
  • Amended Budget:
  • Total Cost: To be determined
  • Completion Date: To be determined

*as of 4/12/2022