A Staple in the Community

The Dickey-Givens Community Center is a historic facility in South Taylor. The building has been used for decades as a site for local events, dances, style shows and more. A ground breaking for a new Community Center is set for Wednesday, Jan. 15.

A new era for the Dickey-Givens Community Center begins next Wednesday.

The city of Taylor will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Community Center’s new building Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. in Fannie Robinson Park, located at 260 S. Dolan St. The public is invited to attend.

“We are excited to get started on this project,” said Communications Coordinator Kendra Dubee. “The Dickey-Givens Community Center is one of the heartbeat areas of Taylor and we are looking forward to having a place for the community to gather, host events, and hold programs for many years to come once the project is complete.”

Mayor Brandt Rydell will provide opening remarks for the groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 15. City council members and community members who have been involved in the design of the new Dickey-Givens Community Center will be in attendance, along with representatives from the city’s engineering firm HDR and Skyler Design Build.

On Nov. 14, 2019, the Taylor City Council approved HDR’s recommendation that the bid be awarded to Skyler Design Build out of Houston. The bid was awarded at a base cost of $499,981.

The architectural design plans are set to mimic the design of the community center’s original building while also incorporating some furnishings that originated from there as well. The fate of the original building itself is undecided.

“As of right now, the focus is on getting the project going for the new building. The new building design does incorporate pieces from the old building that will be moved over, such as light fixtures, furniture and other interior pieces,” said Dubee. “But currently, there haven’t been any set plans for the building.”

Construction for the new community center and site improvements are scheduled to complete this summer.

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