The city of Bessemer is breaking ground on its new City Hall building.
The ground-breaking ceremony will be held on May 28 at 11 a.m. at 1700 Third Avenue North, across from Debardeleben Park.
The city has chosen Clements Dean as the contractor for the new, three-story building, which will be located in a parking lot currently owned by the city in downtown Bessemer. The project will cost an estimated $5.6 million. The project is expected to be completed in June 2016.
The city’s current City Hall was constructed and opened in July 1938.
The new building’s façade will be masonry and glass, in a classical style ornamented by a colonnaded entrance and a central roof dome.
The first floor to the building will include a grand entrance lobby featuring a full height atrium and three-story spiral staircase; a security station; office space, including the City Clerk and Finance Departments; and a large multi-purpose
The second floor will house the City Council chambers, offices and conference room, plus other departments including Economic Development and IT.
The third floor will house the Mayor’s office and guest business suites, as well as provide generous space for future growth.
The building will be handicapped-accessible and meet all current and life safety codes throughout. It will feature enhanced security and access control, as well as infrastructure to support the city’s critical emergency response functions.
Exford Architects is serving as the architects for the projects. AG Gaston Construction of Birmingham is serving as the project manager for the City Hall and the construction of the city’s new Recreational Center.
All offices of the city of Bessemer will be closed on Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day holiday.
This includes the offices of Bessemer Utilities and the Bessemer Civic Center.
There will be no garbage or trash pick-up on Monday.
The city of Bessemer will be having a public hearing on May 21 to discuss its Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, 1801 Third Avenue North.
The city of Bessemer, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, is updating its five-year Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
In order to complete the plan, citizen input is needed.
Please make plans to attend this event.
The Sixth Annual Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues festival is set for May 30 at Debardeleben Park in Historic Downtown Bessemer.
The event has attracted thousands of visitors to Bessemer since its inception by Bob Sykes owner, Van Sykes.
The festival has been named as one of the top 13 Spring Food Festivals in Birmingham. The event includes music, food, activities for children and much more.
This year’s event will start at noon and last until 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Parking is free.
The headliner for this year’s event is the Ian Seigel, featuring Little G Weevil and Band. The line-up for this year’s festival includes:
12:10 p.m. – Alabama Blues Project Advanced Band with special guest Taylor Britton.
1:30 p.m. – Hallelujah Junction with Kendra Sutton.
2:45 p.m. – Earl “Guitar” Williams.
4 p.m. – JJ Thames
5:15 p.m. – Eddie Cotton.
6:30 p.m. – Ian Siegal, featuring Little G Weevil and Band.
For more information, visit http://www.bobsykesblues.com.