LAMPASAS — A completion date was set for the new City Council Chambers, but council members are still brainstorming about the possibility of adding a community center to the city.

At the council’s workshop Monday, City Manager Finley deGraffenried presented members with an overall construction timeline for the $275,000 council chambers project, stipulating the new council building is expected to be completed in January.

The 3,600-square-foot facility will be behind the City Hall, at the corner of Fourth and Western streets. Jennifer Walker with JNW Architects said the new chambers will have three main functions — serving as a shared private room for courts and council, a main chamber room and a lobby. The building also will have a conference space for other community organizations to use as a meeting room.

Finalized construction plans are expected to be completed and reviewed by the council in July, project bids awarded in September and construction beginning in October.

Becky Sims, administrative assistant for the city, also presented research about the possible size and funding of a separate community center building.

“What I did was I researched Texas cities with populations between 6,000 to 12,000 ... and I tried to analyze to see what they offered,” said Sims, explaining she took a sample size of 12 cities.

Depending how each city had the facility set up, the civic, community or recreation center could hold from 20 to 500 people. Sims said an interesting comparable facility is on a golf course with restaurants nearby and another incorporated a private hotel on the second floor.

Officials said they were looking at a facility that would be about 30,000 square feet. DeGraffenried said the city had not received negative or positive feedback from local businesses after inquiring about potential joint public-private funding for the center.

Contact Courtney Griffin at cgriffin@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7559

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