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Two years after Pensacola’s Bayview Community Center was razed, city officials are moving forward with plans to build a new facility at the historic East Hill park.

The longstanding center closed in 2014 after being flooded and was demolished the following year. The City of Pensacola is undertaking the building of a new Community Resource Center at Bayview Park.

A conceptual rendering of the new Bayview Community Resource Center. (Special to The Pulse)

Caldwell Associates Architects has been hired to plan and design the new facility. City officials announced that a public input meeting will be held Tuesday, May 30 at the Bayview Senior Center at 6 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to share ideas and comments on the proposed $6 million project.

Initial renderings of the proposed community center conceptualize a much larger facility than the previous building, with a larger event space anchoring the structure overlooking Bayou Texar. The renderings also detail other aesthetic features, such as a small gateway structure similar to the initial gateway at Bayview Park in the early 20th century and architectural elements featuring the historic diving stand that stood in Bayou Texar.

The building has an anticipated construction completion date of March 2019.

The former gateway into Bayview Park during the early 20th century. (UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Want to go?

What: Bayview Park Public Input Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 30, 6 p.m.
Where: Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E. Lloyd Street, Pensacola, FL 32503

 

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