The Prosper Town Hall and Multipurpose Facility groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday at the site for the new town hall in downtown Prosper on Main Street between First Street and Broadway Street.
Approximately 40 attendees braved the cold weather to attend the event, including council members, town staff, Prosper police officers and firefighters. Pogue Construction CEO Ben Pogue was also in attendance. Pogue said that the construction of the new town hall is a step toward the future for Prosper.
“This is going to be a landmark for Prosper,” Pogue said. “You have really set the stage for what it’s going to look like over the next 10 to 20 years. What we’re really looking forward to is the future.”
The tagline for the new town hall is “Respecting the past and reaching toward the future.” Randall Scott, CEO of Randall Scott Architects, said the design of the building has “Georgian Colonial” features to match some of the other civic buildings downtown but it also has “unique features.”
The Prosper Independent School District owned a piece of land where the new town hall will be built. Mayor Ray Smith said the district dedicated that land to the project.
“It’s been a great team effort,” Smith said. “I feel like we’ve played a season and this is our Super Bowl at the end … There was a little piece of land that PISD owned somewhere in the middle of that dirt and they were kind enough to dedicate that piece of property. Being a good teammate — we work together and try to help each other out.”
A $19 million project, the building will be 70 feet tall to the top of the tallest point of the cupola. The new town hall will house the community library, council chambers and a community room. The facility will open in April 2018 if the construction crew adheres to the schedule.