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Council authorizes design, construction documents for Plymouth Creek Center project
On Sept. 10, the Plymouth City Council approved the proposed schematic and architectural design for the Plymouth Creek Center Renovation and Expansion Project. City Council also authorized proceeding with design development and construction documents.
The proposed architectural and schematic design – including building plans, amenities and layout for the project – was presented to City Council at a Sept. 5 Study Session.
City staff will continue working with the project architect and construction manager, HGA and RJM Construction, to finalize construction documents and project cost details, which will be presented to City Council at a later date. If approved, the project will proceed to the bidding process.
While the timeline is subject to change, proposed milestones include:
- June 2020 – Design/construction documents complete
- June/July 2020- Bonding notification received from the state
- June-August 2020 – Bid process
- August/September 2020- Construction begins
- September 2022- Project completion
Background and More Information
The Plymouth Creek Center Renovation and Expansion Project began in 2016 with a feasibility study and progressed to a year-long community engagement process in 2018.
During the past three years, information has been presented, shared or received at nine Council meetings, 10 study sessions, five special events, four open houses, two Flash Vote surveys, Social Pinpoint, seven Plymouth News articles and a special edition of the Plymouth News mailed to all Plymouth addresses.
Project amenities include gymnasiums, a year-round indoor walking track, an indoor playground, dedicated senior/adult spaces and more (see full list below).
The project cost estimate is $51.6 million, which includes an estimated $8.7 million for needed maintenance and renovation of the existing building. The city is seeking $15 million in state bond funds and other offsetting revenues to help pay for the project. If the project were to be solely funded by property taxes, owners of $300,000-$500,000 homes would see an average tax impact of about $72-$125 per year or $6-$11 per month (see preliminary estimated property tax impact table below).
A year-long community engagement process in 2018 provided public feedback on amenities residents would like the building to include. Proposed amenities and program opportunities are as follows.
Note: The Plymouth Creek Center is open to all residents – it is not a membership-based facility. Free and paid programs are available.
2-3 full size gyms for pickleball, basketball, badminton, preschool, tumbling and more
Dedicated year-round indoor facility
Unique indoor play components similar to an outdoor park
Designated for groups, clubs, cards and social gatherings
Education, STEM, conference space and community meeting rooms
Yoga, aerobics and Zumba classes, with appropriate flooring and amenities
Designated for art and creative programs
Space for rotating community art displays
Gathering and/or lounge area
Appropriate floor and amenities for dance classes
Birthday parties, gatherings and more
Acoustical spaces for music classes and lessons
Weddings, events, corporate and catering
Redesigned Black Box Theater
Theater, seminars, education and meetings
Property tax impacts are based on a $50 million tax-exempt bond issue, for a 20-year term, at a 2.8% interest rate with the city’s AAA bond rating.
These examples reflect tax impacts on residential homestead properties only, and do not include offsets from other funding sources that the city is pursuing, including new lodging tax revenue collected at local hotels and a pending state bonding request of $15 million. These tax impact estimates are expected to decrease, as the city anticipates obtaining other funding sources.
|Preliminary Estimated Property Tax Impacts|
The following information was sent out in advance of the September City Council meetings.
Plymouth Creek Center project to be considered at two meetings
The proposed Plymouth Creek Center renovation and expansion project will hit a major milestone at two meetings in September. The City Council will consider whether or not to proceed with the proposed project or give direction for a different scope. The meetings are slated for Sept. 5 and Sept. 10 at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd.
The City Council will consider whether to approve the proposed design, including building plans, amenities and layout for the project. Additionally, council will consider authorizing construction documents so the city may proceed with the bidding process in the future.
At its July 23 meeting, City Council reviewed community feedback and directed staff to continue developing plans for a Creek Center project.
Proposed Amenities: Proposed amenities would include gymnasiums, a year-round indoor walking track, an indoor playground, dedicated senior/adult spaces and more.
Preliminary Cost/Tax Impact: The preliminary project cost estimate is roughly $50 million, which includes an estimated $8 million for existing building renovation and maintenance. The city is seeking $15 million in state bond funds and other offsetting revenues to help pay for the project. If the project were to be solely funded by property taxes, owners of $300,000-$500,000 homes would see an average tax impact of about $78-$135 per year or $6-$11 per month.
- Sept. 5, 2019 Study Session: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Note: The meeting is open to the public, though study sessions do not include time for public comment or questions.
The project architect, HGA, will present the schematic design – which shows building layout and amenities – to the City Council at its Sept. 5 study session. A refined cost estimate is also slated to be presented at the meeting. The City Council will give feedback and discuss next steps.
- Sept. 10, 2019 Regular Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Note: Public comment and questions will be heard at the Sept. 10 meeting.
The City Council is scheduled to consider the next phase of the project, including authorizing construction documents at its regular council meeting Sept. 10.
An Engaged Community
The city held a year-long community engagement process throughout 2018 to determine the types of spaces included in a potential project. Another phase of community engagement took place summer 2019 with a FlashVote survey, feedback forms and an open house.
Open House – An open house was held at the Creek Center in July. About 325 people attended to speak with city staff, architects and elected officials to learn more about the project.
FlashVote – More than 1,100 participants answered a FlashVote survey about the project, which asked questions about desired spaces, project support and cost information.
Feedback Forms – Questions mirroring the FlashVote survey were available for users to access through the city’s website and at the open house. In total, 220 people filled out survey forms.
At is July 23, 2019, meeting, Plymouth City Council reviewed preliminary architectural and schematic designs for the Plymouth Creek Center proposed renovation and expansion project. City Council also reviewed community feedback and directed staff to continue developing plans for the proposed project.
Note: These designs are preliminary and will change as development progresses.
Plymouth Creek Center Preliminary Exterior
Plymouth Creek Center Preliminary Design – First Floor
Plymouth Creek Center Preliminary Design – Second Floor
Plymouth Creek Center Preliminary Design – Lower Level
To view a PDF of the preliminary architectural and schematic design of the building's exterior, as well as all three interior levels, download the July 23 Preliminary Design (PDF)
Open House Materials
An open house for the proposed Plymouth Creek Center Renovation and Expansion Project was held July 9 to gather resident input.
Attendees viewed the draft plans and provided feedback on the types of space, uses, layout, design and cost implications.
Materials displayed at the open house are below. Note: The files are large and may take time to download.
The City of Plymouth values resident input and transparency, which is crucial in shaping local government policy, operations and decision making. In addition to a year-long community engagement process in 2018, the city has continued to seek resident input about the Plymouth Creek Center Project through a variety of channels.
Residents have provided input about the project through feedback forms, which were available in person at the Plymouth Creek Center or online (plymouthmn.gov/pccfeedback).
Feedback submitted by July 14 was presented to City Council on July 23.
The final feedback form deadline is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Feedback Form Results: In total, 220 people filled out survey forms. All public input, including comments and feedback form questions/responses, gathered from June 29-Aug. 27, 2019 will be presented to City Council on Thursday, Sept. 5. View the Feedback Form Results (PDF).
FlashVote Survey Results
The City of Plymouth conducted two FlashVote surveys to gather resident feedback about the potential project.
Survey 1: The first survey, in June 2018, gauged resident interest in the potential project and asked residents to consider the types of amenities and features they may want in a possible renovation and expansion project. View the results: Plymouth Creek Center renovation – June 2018 (PDF)
Survey 2: The second survey, in July 2019, asked residents about their level of support for the project; how much they would be willing to pay for the project, considering estimated project cost and tax implications; and which amenities they would be most interested in having at the renovated center. View the results: Plymouth Creek Center project – July 2019 (PDF)
The following information was mailed to all households in Plymouth in a newsletter format in July 2019. Download the Plymouth News Special Edition (PDF)
Growing with the Community
Plymouth is a fast growing city – and community needs grow along with population.
Built two decades ago, the Plymouth Creek Center is the city’s community center and serves as a hub for arts, senior and recreation programming, as well as community and regional events.
Since the facility opened in 1999, Plymouth’s population has grown by more than 13,000 people – to nearly 80,000 residents – and facility use has risen dramatically. With the city’s continued growth, the Plymouth Creek Center has become constrained in its ability to serve residents.
The city has spent the past three years looking at Plymouth Creek Center use, space needs and how the building could meet future demand.
A 2016 feasibility study found the center is at maximum capacity and is ready for the next phase of planned expansion. A year-long community engagement process in 2018 provided public feedback on amenities residents would like the building to include. View the project outline/timeline (PDF)
With this information, the city is looking at the option of renovating and expanding the 30,000-square foot community center by about 80,000-square feet.
Proposed Amenities: Proposed amenities would include gymnasiums, a year-round indoor walking track, an indoor playground, dedicated senior/adult spaces and more (see full list below).
Preliminary Cost/Tax Impact: Based on a preliminary project cost estimate of $50 million, owners of $300,000-$500,000 homes would see an average tax impact of about $78-$135 per year (see preliminary estimated property tax impact table below).
The Plymouth Creek Center is home to more than 800 city recreation programs each year. In 2018, facility reservations totaled 14,500 hours and the Plymouth Creek Center hosted more than 75 activities every week.
A popular regional destination for weddings, corporate events, meetings and other activities, the Plymouth Creek Center has an average of 300,000 visitors annually.
Since it opened in 1999, the Plymouth Creek Center has emerged as an important hub of community life.
It has brought people together for senior activities, recreation programs, socializing and celebrating life’s milestones.
After two decades, the well-used activity center is in need of maintenance and updates – and its popularity means it is stretched to meet the demands and changing needs of a growing community.
Serving a Growing Population
The Creek Center was originally designed to allow for a potential expansion project based on expected population growth. Since it was constructed, Plymouth’s population has increased by more than 13,000. That growth has spiked Creek Center usage, and has left the existing building struggling to meet the demand for space.
The facility currently hosts senior programs, recreation programming, weddings, rentals and more. Many of the building’s rooms aren’t suited to current recreation programming needs and participation levels. Additionally, rental demand has outpaced capacity.
The Future of the Creek Center
A 2017 feasibility study (PDF) examined concerns about the Plymouth Creek Center’s ability to meet current and future needs. The study confirmed that high demand has caused programming limitations at the facility.
To gauge community interest and develop the best fit for facility users, the city launched a community engagement initiative in 2018 to ask residents for help in shaping the center’s future. Several community engagement tools were available to help residents share thoughts about whether the Creek Center needs expansion and, if so, what type of space will best serve the community.
Input was collected through an online survey tool, an interactive website, open house events, and collected in-person at city facilities and events. A Community Engagement Report for the Plymouth Creek Center (PDF) is available for review and was presented to the City Council in late 2018.
In April 2019, city staff took applications and met with architectural firms to develop a schematic plan for a potential expansion and renovation. Staff and members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, a citizen advisory group, then narrowed the field to submit to the City Council. The council interviewed firms and selected Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) to draft a plan.
In coordination with city staff, HGA developed a draft design option for an expansion, which was presented to the City Council in June 2019.
The July 9, 2019 open house will gather resident feedback about the proposal to expand and renovate the Creek Center. View the project outline/timeline (PDF)