Plans to move forward with a new community center that include relocating the public works building and refinancing a 2009 bond are officially underway.
Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc., submitted a $91,500 proposal to South Fayette that would provide engineering, design and consulting services for the new public works facility. “That number does not include construction of the new building,” said Ryan Eggleston, township manager.
Commissioners have approved the property and topography survey, and conceptual facilities plan. The 4-0 vote took place Nov. 11. Commissioner Jessica Cardillo-Wagenhoffer was absent. Approval for the first two tasks associated with relocating the public works building will cost the township $17,500, which is part of the $91,500 proposal.
The public works building on Millers Run Road would be demolished and a new structure erected in Treveskyn Park on Morgan Hill Road, pending Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approval. To cover the expense, the township wants to refinance the bond that was taken out in 2009 to purchase the Star City Cinema site on Route 50.
“We have been watching the rates the last few years,” said Mr. Eggleston. “We believe it is at its highest level of savings now. We can refinance at a lower interest rate without extending the time of the payment.” Utilizing that savings in bulk would give the township nearly 1 million dollars upfront to use toward the new public works building.
“Hopefully, we are designing and planning the first phase of the community center concurrently,” said Mr. Eggleston.
Commissioners also approved 4-0 the WTW Architects $435,000 proposal to design the first phase of the new community center, which would be located on the municipal property on Millers Run Road. The building would contain a 15,000-square-foot gymnasium with two basketball courts, an exercise classroom, changing rooms, restroom facilities and a 10,000-square-foot library. It would be situated where the current public works building stands. Finally, minor renovations would be made to the municipal building where the township administration and police department would continue to occupy the space.
Township manager Ryan Eggleston said the first phase is funded and could be completed as early as 2017.
“Currently, there is $2.5 million in the Star City account. That, combined with the sale of the Star City Cinemas property for $5 million to Horizon Properties, is expected to cover the cost,” he said.
In a proposal for the second phase, the municipal building would be demolished. Additions would include another gymnasium, an elevated walking track, another exercise room, locker rooms, increased community space, new township and police department offices, an expanded library and enhanced outdoor recreation. Funding has yet to be determined, and there is no projected timeline.
Finally, Commissioner Joe Horowitz said at the last township meeting that he would also like staff to research possibly building a community swimming pool.
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