The two public entrances will be on the east side of the building near the Police Department and flag poles, and on the front side of the building facing Central Avenue.
An entrance at the rear of the building, previously designated for the Planning and Building Department, will become an employee-only entrance. The door on the west-side of the Civic Center is currently closed due to the Dayton Metro Library construction.
The Civic Center administrative offices are being reorganized in phases, in order to improve the building’s safety and security with minimal impact to regular city business. The first phase, which included securing the back door, also involves moving the Planning Department employees closer to the public entrance. Temporary signs will be posted to notify citizens about the changes.
The next phase, expected to begin this spring, will include the installation of new doors in the Civic Center Lobby, which will be locked after regular business hours. It will also involve the construction of new counters at the public entrances for the Finance Department, as well as the Parks and Planning Departments.
“Our goal with these renovations is to continue to keep our employees safe, as well as to streamline access to the public,” said Brad Townsend, city manager. “Sometimes our residents have expressed confusion over the many points of access to this building. Hopefully, this will help.” Townsend said.
Additional phases, including renovations to the community room and city council chambers, are planned for 2019.