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Avondale Estates City Commission to consider design, construction contract for town green market pavilion

Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates City Commission to consider design, construction contract for town green market pavilion

Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore, former Commissioner Adela Yelton, City Manager Patrick Bryant, Mayor Pro Tem Brian Fisher and Commissioners Lionel Laratte, Dee Merriam and Lisa Shortell celebrate the beginning of construction on the town green at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 30. Photo by Zoe Seiler.

This story has been updated.

Avondale Estates, GA — The Avondale Estates City Commission will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m. for a regular meeting immediately followed by a work session. The City Commission meetings are held in person at City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, and will be available via Zoom.

To join the meeting via Zoom, click here. To join the meeting via phone, dial 301.715.8592 and use webinar ID: 889 4974 8201.

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During the regular meeting, the City Commission will consider a contract with Fabric Developers and Stevens and Wilkinson to design and build the market pavilion on the town green. At the Oct. 27 meeting, the City Commission discussed the funding options for the pavilion and gave the developers direction to begin creating the construction drawings for the pavilion that will be on the corner of North Avondale Road and Oak Street.

Fabric Developers and Stevens and Wilkinson anticipates having final designs and cost in about six weeks for the market pavilion.

The town green project includes the construction on four-acres of the land. About two acres will be a park and the other two acres will be the commercial development. The site is located along Highway 278/ North Avondale Road between Lake and Oak Streets.

The multi-use pavilion area could be used as a community facility for use as a home for community events, the Avondale Farmers Market, food truck parking and temporary parking for events, according to the proposal.

The pavilion will be designed in the same character as the performance pavilion that will be in the park, including glulam wood and heavy timber structure, and a metal roof.

“We are taking similar elements, like the curving wood arches, so that there’s a consistent pattern,” said Sheri Locke, senior architect with Stevens and Wilkinson and designer of the town green. “We’re creating identity here. We’re creating a place that’s special.”

The pavilion will also feature lighting and fans, so events could be held at night. The design includes the infrastructure for speakers and accent lighting, as well, that could be added at a later time.

The developers hope to create a bookend to the Tudor Village with the design of the pavilion. The price came in at about $1.1 million initially, but Jerry Miller, principal and founder of Fabric Developers, previously said some costs could be cut.

He thinks $250,000 of contingency could be preserved to help offset the cost. The contingency fund is money that has already been pledged to the town green project.

“I think we’re talking about a net add to the town green of about $850,000,” Miller said. “Just a word about the cost, $700,000 of this is involved in the structure.”

The added cost of laying concrete underneath the pavilion would be about $65,000, bringing the added cost to about $915,000.

“If we can do this for that amount, keep it there, and if we have the means to pay for it, I like this [design],” Mayor Jonathan Elmore said at the Oct. 27 meeting.

The City Commission also wanted to take advantage of Reeves Young already being on the site constructing the park, as the firm would be able to simultaneously build the pavilion.

During the regular meeting, the City Commission will also discuss allocating $36,000 toward burying the utility line in the town green, and will hold the first reading of the amended tree ordinance. During the work session, the board will discuss the 2021 amended budget, as well as board member appointments.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the estimated cost of the pavilion project. The story has been updated with the correct information. 

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