According to the 2000 US Census, the Town of Collierville was home to around 31,872 residents – much different than the estimated 50,000 residents today. Facilities built in the late nineties, like the Town Square public restrooms, simply cannot efficiently accommodate the Town’s growing population.
Starting on March 10, 2017, the twenty-year-old Town Square restrooms will be out of service until the new facilities are built. During the demolition process, parts of the existing restrooms, including exterior lighting, ceiling fans, etc., will be repurposed in other park facilities. While the construction project will be an inconvenience to Square visitors, the end result will provide improved functionality for restroom services and better utilization of the overall space.
“We will construct two larger footprint, energy efficient, ADA compliant restroom buildings connected together by a covered breezeway,” said Derek Honeycutt, Director of General Services.
The building’s exterior will complement the look of the nearby Train Depot with board and batten siding, brick wainscoting, metal roofing, solid wood roof supports and faux chimney stacks to hide ventilation pipes. Inside, the restrooms will be gaining almost 500 square feet of covered space, including the breezeway. Men’s and women’s restrooms will be doubling the amount of toilets and sinks along with the addition of air conditioning; the current restrooms only have a heating system.
The location of the restrooms will also be changed to add more greenspace and seating areas closer to the park on the Square. In the fall of 2016, the Town received approval from Norfolk Southern to build the restroom facility on the southern side of the current location - maintaining a safe distance of 50 feet from the railroad tracks. The flag plaza will be relocated to the northern portion of the space along with the addition of benches and landscaping reflecting the park’s atmosphere.
With construction starting in March of 2017, the project’s estimated completion will be in June of 2017.
(Pictured above: The current Town Square restroom, built in 1997, which will be demolished mid-March to accommodate the new facility construction and revised layout. Pictured bottom left, an aerial diagram showing the new location of the restrooms [the rectangular figures] on the southern end of the space. Pictured bottom right, an architectural rendering of the restroom’s exterior design.)