The North Fayette planning commission recommended approval Tuesday of plans for a 23,000-square-foot public works building at the North Branch Road municipal complex.
Construction of the $1.6 million to $1.8 million facility is expected to begin in August, manager Bob Grimm said.
The facility, to be located behind the township building, will include a garage, mechanic bays, a painting booth, employee facilities, offices and restrooms for park users. It will accommodate all of the vehicles and equipment for snow removal, garbage pickup and other public works functions.
Public works will vacate two garages at the municipal complex, allowing expansion of the administrative and police offices and providing space for the North Fayette Volunteer Fire Department to create a substation for fire trucks, Mr. Grimm said.
Ambulances will remain stationed in the same garage.
Mr. Grimm said one of the two driveways will be devoted to traffic for emergency services and public works, while the other will accommodate parks and township traffic.
"We've done our best to segregate the recreational side from the functional side," he said.
The township will spend about $3 million total to build the facility and make related changes at the 21-acre municipal complex. Plans include reconfiguring some playground and park amenities, installing walking trails, adding a pavilion, and increasing and rearranging parking spaces.
The tennis and basketball courts will be relocated to Donaldson Community Park, and the resulting space will be converted to a parking lot.neigh_west
Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: email@example.com.