The Heart of Mayflower city center is nearing completion and expects to celebrate its grand opening in late June or early July.
“I think it’s going to be an absolutely great thing for the city — great for the residents, the police department, everybody,” Mayor Randy Holland said.
The 6,500-square-foot building between the Mayflower Elementary School and the Senior Center on Ashmore Drive will house a new police department, a community center, a “Living Laboratory” education room and courtroom/mutli-purpose room. The building will also include an economic development room where potential businesses can see an aerial view of Mayflower, Holland said.
The project has a budget of $1.525 million. Nearly half of the funding — $500,000 — came from ExxonMobil’s payout from the 2013 oil spill.
“[Around the middle of] June, the building itself will be done and they’ll start completing the parking lot and green space, plant trees,” Holland said, noting the building is already in its final stage and soon Energy will “set the pole and get the electricity on.”
Once the building is complete, city officials will set a date for the grand opening.
The courtroom/multi-purpose room will provide space for musical events and educational programs.
Holland on Thursday said he’s currently in the process of planning events for the space once its open.
The website, heartofmayflower.com, features a 3-D image of the artist’s rendition of the Heart of Mayflower city center along with more details.