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Supervisors get first look at township complex plans

February 10, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An architect has drawn up preliminary sketches of a $5 million complex to house administration offices, magisterial district judge chambers and maintenance sheds in Antrim Township.

The Antrim Township Supervisors this week had their first look at the plans, which include 17,425 square feet of finished office space and an additional 9,235 square feet of unfinished space on the second floor of the brick building.

Last year, the supervisors purchased 26 acres of land on U.S. 11 for $1 million, according to Bob Whitmore, chairman of the supervisors.

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He said the goal is to pay for the new structure with capital reserve funds.

"We are not anticipating any new taxes to build the building," he said.

Whitmore said the plans are "all very preliminary," noting the supervisors are reviewing the sketches and will return to Newcomer Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., with changes.

"It's all about space," he said. "We have people doubled up in offices."

The current township building on Antrim Church Road would likely be sold once vacated, according to Whitmore.

The architect included the possibility of adding a wing to the building for a police department.

The Antrim Township Supervisors have been in talks with officials from the Borough of Greencastle concerning the possibility of forming a joint police force. The township currently relies on the services of Pennsylvania State Police, while Greencastle has its own department.

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