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Spanish Fort Community Center



                            (Rendering of Front Elevation (faces Spanish Fort Boulevard)

On November 1, 2012, groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the northwest corner of Spanish Fort Boulevard and Blakeley Way (map), site of the new Spanish Fort Community Center.  Forrest Daniell & Associates, P.C., was contracted to design the center, working with the City's Community Center Advisory Board on the conceptualization and functionality of the facility.  J.F. Pate & Associates was awarded the contract to construct the Community Center.  Though progress on the construction was often hindered by rainy weather and other hurdles, the administrative staff officially occupied the new facility in September 2015.

MAYOR MICHAEL M MCMILLAN  COUNTY COMMISSIONER, CHRIS ELLIOTT  CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE   
Photos from left to right:  The Honorable Michael M. McMillan, Mayor of Spanish Fort; the Honorable Chris Elliott, Baldwin Commissioner, District 2; and the Honorable Bradley Byrne, Congressman from Alabama's 1st Congressional District.

The architect included elements in the design of the structure which were drawn from Spanish Mission-style architecture and from some of Spanish Fort's former historic landmarks, such as the Spanish Fort Village Motel.  The Community Center includes a full-service, state-of-the art public library, a senior center with fitness center, classroom and craft areas, a multi-purposed room for City Council, Municipal Court and Planning Commission use, as well as the administrative offices for the City of Spanish Fort.

DEDICATION PLAQUE

Groundbreaking Ceremony, November 1, 2012
GROUNDBREAKING
Shown left-to-right: Council members R. Curtis Smith, J.R. Smith, former Council Member, Thomas Sawyer, Mayor Michael M. McMillan, Council Member, Bobby J. Fortenberry, former Mayors, Greg Kuhlman, Joseph C. Bonner and Ray Carter, Council Member Mary W. Brabner and former Council Member, Dennis D. Dismuke.

Jeff Dute's July 9, 2013, article from al.com.