What began in Prosper as a casual conversation over 10 years ago has blossomed into a reality that will become complete this summer as the Prosper Town Hall/Multi-Purpose Building opens its doors.
An open house is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2 starting at 4 p.m. at the new facility, 200 S. Main St. Tours of the building, casual conversations with Council members and staff, and self-paced walks within the facility, including the extensive library, will continue until 6:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Ray Smith will convene the assembly and present the 2018 State of the Town presentation, providing the latest updates on events, activities, accomplishments and future plans for Prosper as well as a preview of business and commercial growth and expansion in the local area.
The open house, to include light refreshments and small bags filled with commemorative objects, follows the official ribbon-cutting, scheduled for July 27. While the public is welcome to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Aug. 2 open house will provide a more wide-ranging look at the new facility and is set for a more convenient time of day for the public.
In addition to office space for most Town employees, the new facility provides a modern, technologically-updated Council Chambers, giving the Council and selected boards, commissions, and committees a place for discussion that can accommodate an audience.
Fire personnel, field personnel from Public Works and Parks and Recreation, vehicle and equipment maintainers, and other field-based employees will continue to work in their respective work stations, but the vast majority of office-based Town employees will be housed at the new Town Hall.
The Police Department will occupy the current Town Hall Building, bringing patrol officers, the command staff and the dispatch center under one roof. The Fire Department recently completed construction of its second fire station, and future stations will be added as the population increases.
Parking for Town Hall visitors, including the appropriate number of handicapped parking spaces, is spread around the new building as well as along adjoining streets. The building is fully ADA compliant with accommodations for wheelchairs.
The new building is situated between First and Broadway Streets in the area designated as the Old Town District. It was designed by Randall Scott Architects and construction was under the direction of Pogue Construction.