The new building will also have an office for the Gardendale Chamber of Commerce.
“This will be a one-stop shop — people can get their permits and licenses, and do their Chamber business all in one place. They currently have to go to three separate buildings scattered all over town,” Phillips said.
The building would be highlighted by an entry tower, through which visitors would pass on their way to a lobby, which leads to offices and a council chamber.
The building includes 14,175 square feet of interior space, plus another 1,300 square feet of patios.
The site will include walking paths and bridges over a waterway; the path would be a continuation of the walking trail that is in place around the Gardendale Civic Center.
The cost will be around $3 million, part of which will be offset by a federal grant of about $600,000 to reconfigure sidewalks for use as part of the trail. “The money is in the bank,” Phillips said.
Construction could begin as early as April, and the new city hall could be open within a year, Phillips added.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a planned unit development master plan for Fieldstown Crossing, a 60-home development off of Shady Grove Road;
• Extended for an additional year the rezoning of property on Fieldstown Road near Waffle House, as requested by developer McAdam Properties;
• Heard from Joe Cochran, a Pinson city councilor who is a candidate for the state Senate seat being vacated by Scott Beason;
• Hired Elijah Brigham as a new officer with the Gardendale Police Department.