Commissioners spar over choosing rec center design firm

The Pasco County Commission has selected Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc., and Harvard Jolly Inc.,  as the top-ranked firms for design services for an indoor recreation center at the Wesley Chapel District Park. It also authorized county staff to negotiate with Wannemacher Jensen, and if an agreement can’t be reach, to conduct negotiations with Harvard Jolly. Commissioners approved the … [Read more...]

New Christian academy scheduled to open in fall 2018

The North Tampa Christian Academy, now under construction, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. School officials expect it to open with 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, said Dawn McLendon, marketing and enrollment director. It also expects between 50 and 60 in its early childhood program, which will serve students beginning at age 2. The school, being built at 5619 E. … [Read more...]

New Dade City Hall ready for debut

Dade City residents will get their first official peek inside their new City Hall at a ribbon cutting on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. City employees and law enforcement officers, however, are already getting accustomed to the new, 22,000-square-foot building. They moved in about three weeks ago. “We’ve gotten settled in,” said Gordon Onderdonk, the city’s public works director. Now, it’s … [Read more...]

‘Topping out’ at Dade City Hall

Construction on the new government complex in Dade City is more than halfway complete. To celebrate, workers took a short breather for a traditional “topping out” ceremony for the modern day replacement of the historic City Hall. On Sept. 3, dozens of city employees, community leaders, architects from Wannemacher Jensen Architects and the construction team from Ajax Building Corp. celebrated … [Read more...]

Dade City combines city hall and police station

The historic City Hall building in Dade City began its life in the mid-1920s as a hotel that never was completed. It found new life in the 1940s as a Depression-era work project and became the hub of city government for decades. But in 2013, a wrecking ball demolished the aging structure. “It was old and obsolete,” said Gordon Onderdonk, Dade City’s public works director. “We looked … [Read more...]