The first phase of the plan is the north promenade, which is located along the entire north side of the City Building and extends across the existing north driveway. The area is used for access to the north side of the City Building, short-term parking and is the roof for the police offices.
City officials recommended moving forward with the phase one design which include closing the area to vehicle traffic and providing a sustainable pedestrian path and entry way to the north building entrance. Officials said aesthetic landscaping and hardscaping features will be incorporated into the design consistent with the Downtown Master Plan and city branding efforts. Those components will act as a “green roof” over the police department below and will also include storm water controls for drainage.
The estimated construction cost is $500,000 and will take place in 2019. The first phase costs are included in the city’s proposed 2019 non-public safety budget that is expected to be approved by council next month.
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The project will also include improvements to the building’s south plaza and the south promenade in the coming years.
Cost for renovations to the building’s south plaza are estimated at between $1.69 million to $2.01 million.
The city building at 1 Donham Plaza opened in 1976 and houses the city’s administrative offices, The Middletown Municipal Court, police headquarters and jail, and the Middletown City School District’s administrative offices.