by Logan Gruber
While the planning process isn’t complete yet, the St. Joseph City Council is moving to the next step on the plans for a government center between Colts Academy and College Avenue.
“The original plan was to take the site plan we had in 2013-14 and do minimum changes to fit it on the Colts site,” Mayor Rick Schulz said.
The site is still being surveyed and the layout may change slightly, but the images you see with this story will be the basic layout of a new government center, which is planned to be connected to the community center in the Colts Academy building.
With the council moving forward, Hagemeister and Mack Architects Inc. will start to prepare plans at a cost of no more than $20,000. If everything goes smoothly, the plans will be ready so the project can be bid out by the city council in January or February, which is the prime bidding season.
The city plans to close on the Colts Academy purchase today, Sept. 25. Open houses should be set in the near future.