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Antrim Township plans new government center

February 05, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The Antrim Township (Pa.) Supervisors have agreed to spend $1 million for land on South Antrim Way to build a municipal government center.

The new center would house administrative, planning, zoning, road, sewer and water offices; a larger public meeting area; District Justice offices and hearing room; and the township Tax Collector's office, according to a written statement.

With a 25 percent population increase over the last 10 years in the township, the supervisors wanted a larger facility with enough room for future expansion, according to the statement.

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Township supervisors voted Tuesday to buy 26.6 acres in the 700 block of South Antrim Way (U.S. 11) for the new center from the Oaks family.

"The Route 11 (South Antrim Way) location is suitable for transportation access located central to the Township's citizens to provide a one stop municipal government services facility based on regional growth trends," the township said in the statement. "The site will also allow for better employee time management placing them closer to many of their destinations for inspections and other services required in their daily responsibilities."

The current municipal building on Antrim Church Road was built in 1978.

Township Administrator Ben Thomas Jr. said Friday that the vote came four months after the supervisors reviewed the matter.

Thomas said the supervisors determined that the site of the current municipal building was too small for an expansion.

"The site has served the community very well from 1978 to present," Thomas said.

Thomas said now that a site has been determined, the supervisors and staff will work with Newcomer Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., during the center's design phase. While the township doesn't yet know an exact price of the center, Thomas said that $2.8 million is budgeted for the facility.

The supervisors anticipate construction of the new center to begin in 2006.

The township plans to sell the current municipal building, which is near Exit 5 off Interstate 81, after the move to the new building.

The money from the sale will help pay for the cost of land acquisition and construction of the new facility, according to the written statement.

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