Spring Garden Township officials are again holding a special meeting to present to residents a feasibility study for a proposed municipal complex.
Gregory Maust, township manager, estimated that 125 residents attended two meetings held last year.
The township is considering building the complex, which could cost up to $23 million and could include the municipal building, police and fire stations and recreation areas, along Mount Rose Avenue near the Interstate 83 interchange.
Township officials and engineers will present the study during the meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Indian Rock Elementary School, 1500 Indian Rock Dam Road.
Study: The 56-acre property, owned by the township since 2000, could serve as the location of a two-story multi-purpose municipal building that would house administrative offices, a police station, community rooms and an indoor track.
A new fire station and recreation areas could also be situated on the land.
The fire station would replace the existing Victory Fire Station at nearby 421 Wheaton St. That building would be turned into a public works facility if the plan comes to fruition.
It is expected to cost between $14.9 million and $16.9 million to complete site and municipal building construction.
An added $2.2 million to $2.6 million is needed for the new fire station, and between $2.8 million and $3.8 million would be needed to convert the current fire station to a public works facility.
The sale of the current township administrative building, as well as grant money and income from renting out community rooms, could offset some of the cost.
Questionnaires: Of the residents who attended the previous meetings, between 20 and 25 returned township-issued questionnaires, Maust said.
For the most part, residents who filled out the surveys are in favor of building the new complex, but some said they'd like to see it built in phases.
During a meeting in December, some residents voiced concerns that taxes would increase while others said it's high time the township built new facilities and moved out of its two buildings.
The 340 Tri-Hill Road municipal office is a former school, and the 558 S. Ogontz St. administration building was built in the 1960s. Lack of space has been an ever-increasing problem, and the buildings are showing their ages, Maust said.
"It's obviously seen its usefulness at this point," he said of the administration building. "A lot of people don't know we operate out of two facilities."
Residents can tour both buildings before the meeting on Monday.
Township commissioners have not taken any action on the plans for the complex.
---------------------Take a tour:
Spring Garden Township commissioners will hold a special meeting to present the municipal complex feasibility study at Indian Rock Elementary School, 1500 Indian Rock Dam Road at 7 p.m. Monday.
Before the meeting, residents can tour the township's existing facilities.
The administration office, 558 S. Ogontz St. and the municipal building, 340 Tri-Hill Road, will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for tours.
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