The Bay Area Resource Center and Community Campus is in the process of acquiring land and donations so we can begin construction of the Center.
Press Release Concerning Land Acquisition
Panama City, FL, November 13, 2012— Members of Mayor Brudnicki’s Community Resource Center (CRC) Task Force, appointed by the Mayor to address the community problems of homelessness and poverty, tonight present a summary of their activities to the City Commission, prior to requesting that the City Commissioners sign a contract to purchase land for the new Resource Center. Those working on the project, now incorporated under the name “Bay Area Resource Center and Community Campus, Inc.” have spent months seeking the best possible location for the resource center and its surrounding campus. The Task Force has made an effort to balance the importance of accessibility for the homeless, with the importance of finding a site with the least impact upon local residents and businesses.
Brent Faison, Chairman of the Facilities Committee of the Task Force states, “The Bay Area Resource Center is in final contract negotiations on the purchase of a subject property. The property has been selected based on location, size, cost, and ability to meet both the short-term and long-term needs of the Bay County community. The site is approximately 70 acres and is located along the Star Avenue corridor.”
Purchasing the land for this new facility is a process. Mr. Faison explains, “The effective date of the contract is intended to be established by the end of November. Ongoing due diligence efforts continue and include annexation, a Comprehensive Plan amendment, surveying and permitting. A development order will be sought at a future date based on estimated construction timelines.”
In looking toward the future of this project, Mayor Brudnicki stated, “We are committed to benefit the community and work together.” Emily Dowdy, Task Force Chairperson said, “We are all passionate about improving the plight of the poor and homeless. We think we are off to a good start with the identification of this parcel of land for our campus.”
As you can see, we have big plans that will bring big changes to our community and to the lives of our participants.
Here are some ideas we are working on for the facility:
The land we have identified is approximately 70 acres. With the help of Panama City, a sales contract is being negotiated for this property. Once that is done, we will enter the due diligence phase of the purchase. During that time, we will complete a survey, an appraisal, environmental studies as required, and other items that need to be determined prior to funding being made available and closing on the property.
Once the land is acquired, we will begin work on grant funding for construction of the main Resource Center building. Some provider partners may also begin construction on the property for their individual facilities.
When complete, the property will be fenced on all sides and there will be a single entrance and exit point for all traffic. Transportation to and from the facility will be provided by various means including a proposed Trolley Stop.
Plans are being made for the following:
Bay Area Resource Center Main Building
- Placed immediately adjacent to or in front of access to campus
- Intake area with secured entrance
- Triage area
- Small offices, counseling rooms/conference and training rooms
- Commercial kitchen and food service area
- Adjacent to Main Building
- Inside Front Gate
Playground, Open Air Pavilion and Half -Court Basketball Area
- Provide recreation opportunities for program participants
- interior and exterior areas
- Sleeping areas and 2 large (locker room style) bathrooms with showers
- Laundry facility
- Facility must be adjacent to the Resource Center
VOA Veterans Transitional Housing
- 9 pods of 4 units each
- A 10th pod used for laundry and a community room
- Model in Pensacola sits on 2 acres
Families Transitional Housing
- Townhouse style units
- Laundry facilities
- Exterior play/picnic area
- Placed far away from the Emergency shelter
- Fourteen units
- 1 or 2 bedrooms/ 1 bath
- Units are handicapped accessible
- Reception, meeting area, galley kitchen, offices and laundry facilities
- Placed away from emergency shelter on the “adult” side of campus
- Facility for onsite triage and basic health care needs
- Maintain opportunity for the addition of a dental clinic and other specialties.
- Non-denominational worship space
- Adjacent patio area for exterior seating
(c) JLS 07-2012