Also in City Watch: More construction coming soon.
The city will hold a workshop to discuss the best use for the church property at 56 N. Beach St. at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at conference room 103 in City Hall.
The city bought the former Ormond Beach Riverside Church building for $729,000 in June 2018, and has remained empty since the congregation vacated the property.
One possible use for the 1974 building is a community center.
The existing building is in a state of disrepair, and when the city bought it, the city commission was told renovating the building could cost anywhere between $2.8-3.3 million. The property inspection showed roof leaks in all three church structures, mold in the classrooms and the possibility of lead paint and asbestos.
Mayor Bill Partington told local radio host Marc Bernier on Dec. 4 that the question remains as to whether the city should demolish the building and rebuild, or should the city simply remodel it.
Another possibility, Partington told Bernier on air, is to move the library to that location and have a community center in the City Hall plaza.
“Everything is up in the air as a possibility right now, and it’s really important that we hear from our residents of what the best use is going to be for that for the city,” Partington said.
OBHS searching for new director
The Ormond Beach Historical Society is looking to hire a new executive director; the position has been open since September.
Those interested should send a resume to [email protected]
City Hall to close for the holidays
City Hall and all other non-emergency facilities will be closed on Dec. 25-26 as well as on Jan. 1.
OBTS comp plan amendment Ok’d
The Planning Board unanimously approved removing the requirement of annexation when extending sewer lines to Ormond-by-the-Sea from the Comprehensive Plan at their Dec. 12 meeting.
The amendment will reach the City Commission next.
Antares to begin construction soon
Residents will see less trees along West Granada Boulevard as assisted living facility Antares of Ormond Beach gears up to begin construction.
According to the Dec. 13 weekly city staff report, Antares’ contractor said that construction fencing will be installed starting Dec. 23, with construction beginning afterward.
Antares will be located at 720 W. Granada Blvd., and will be a 132-bed facility.