Q: What will be in the Community Center?
A: The current plans include various gathering spaces such as an indoor pool, track, multi-use gymnasiums, a weight room, programming for all ages, a dedicated senior space, and parking, among other amenities, topped by two levels of income-generating office space that will supplement membership due to help offset operating costs. Visit the “Look Inside” page on this website for renderings of the proposal.
Q: What happens if UA votes Yes?
A: The City will take title to the land and begin finalizing plans and designs for what the Community Center will contain. The City will continue to engage experts and take feedback from the community. The City will begin the final design process this summer. Construction should take about 18 months once the design is finished. Neither your property taxes nor your income taxes will increase or otherwise change as a result.
Q: What happens if UA votes No?
A: The current landowner, Continental Real Estate, will move forward to build structured parking and a nine-story apartment building. Neither your property taxes nor your income taxes will decrease or otherwise change as a result.
Q: What about the schools?
A: UA Schools will fare better under the project than they currently do now or if the Macy’s building was razed and left undeveloped. Right now, UA City Schools receive about $123,000 in annual property tax revenue from the site. The City’s economic development agreement guarantees every penny of this current revenue plus an annual bonus payment of $50,000. In addition, the City has agreed to give the School District the current senior center building and make substantial improvements to Brandon Road alongside the high school.
Q: Aren’t there plenty of other projects this money could go to?
A: We have a now-or-never opportunity to build a portion of land that will otherwise be a nine-story apartment building. This will save taxpayers as much as $17 million in land acquisition costs while preserving our parkland for outdoor activity. Through careful planning, we can do this while still meeting our current obligations for road paving, capital improvement, and city services. Join the nearly 75% of UA residents who said they would vote “Yes” on a Community Center plan that does not raise taxes!