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12:28 am EDT
Sat, July 11, 2020

Leesburg conducting workshop on plans for new community building

UPDATE: The final design aspects of a new Leesburg Community Building will be discussed by the City Commission during a public workshop at 5:30pm Thursday, Aug. 24, at City Hall, third floor, 501 W. Meadow St.

Residents will be able to provide input at the workshop, which will also cover other concepts associated with the Venetian Gardens Master Plan.

People with disabilities who need assistance to participate in the proceedings should contact the Human Resources Department ADA coordinator 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 352.728.9740.

Aug.1 report:

Plans for a new Leesburg Community Building in Venetian Gardens are moving forward.

The City Commission recently awarded a design contract for the building to Borrelli + Partners, of Orlando.

The preliminary design calls for a one-story, 20,700-square-foot building with a lobby, meeting rooms, a grand ballroom with seating capacity for 485 people, and an outdoor covered porch, a city news release states.

The project is part of the city’s Venetian Gardens Master Plan. The 65-acre area south of Dixie Avenue on Lake Harris has seen a flurry of recent activity, including an upgraded playground and a new splash pad and pavilion at Rogers Park, three beach areas created along the shore of Venetian Cove, and planned improvements to Ski Beach park.

Among other considerations for the commission will be a Dozier Circle reconfiguration, parking facilities, landscaping improvements, and a pair of pad-ready restaurant building sites, the release states. These improvements are part of a mixed-use master plan developed with public input in summer 2014.

The community building is part of the third and final phase of improvements initially estimated at $4.1 million. The city is using general fund reserves to pay for the Venetian Gardens projects, city administrators say.

With all of the construction activities to come, the city plans to minimize interference with current Venetian Gardens activities and scheduling in the existing community building, the release states. As the final design proceeds, the city will develop a preliminary construction schedule as early as this fall and make it available to the public.

“We will strive to keep the public informed while minimizing disruptions,” City Manager Al Minner says in the release. “The new community building is an exciting part of the Venetian Gardens Master Plan that aims to transform and take more advantage of one of Leesburg’s jewels.”