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Supervisors to work on complex redesign

July 11, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to continue with the redesign of the municipal complex and they plan to have the document ready by September.

Jennifer Greenlee of Newcomer Associates Architecture and Engineering presented some of the proposed changes to the municipal building site plan, saying the reduced square footage could save the township between $1 million and $2 million.

The controversial municipal complex plan has stirred up debate for more than a year among supervisors and residents. Opponents, including supervisors Curtis Myers and Sam Miller, said the building was too costly at about $6 million. The supervisors voted earlier this year to reject bids and began scaling back plans last month.

Some of the changes presented by Greenlee include:

· Lowering the buildings to a more natural grade was a proposal made to reduce the building's acreage.

· The public works section of the municipal building would be down on the grade, while the office building would be built up on the plateau, Greenlee said.

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· The second floor of the municipal complex will not be bid right away because it will be used if the building space needs to be expanded as part of future provisions.

"I would like to do way with any possible future upstairs," said Vice Chairman of the Board James Byers.

However, Charles Goetz, director of water and sewer utilities and project management, said that since the second floor is designed and part of the original layout, it would end up costing more money to re-engineer it.

This would be contrary to the township's goal of doing the most they can with the complex for the least amount of money, Goetz said.

Greenlee also said the front of the municipal building will be half the size of what it was originally. The south and west faces of the building will have metal siding and the north and east faces will be brick, she said.

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