Plans call for new community center in North Fayette

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North Fayette is planning $7 million in public improvements, including construction of a community center and public works building and renovations to the municipal building.

A 23,300-square-foot public works building is the centerpiece of a $3 million plan at the 21-acre municipal complex on North Branch Road.

The new facility will free up space at the municipal building for expanding administrative and police offices and will allow a separate garage to be dedicated to emergency services vehicles, township manager Bob Grimm told the planning commission Tuesday night.

The township also intends to reconfigure some amenities in its parks and increase parking, he said.

The public works building will accommodate the township's 14 trucks -- including vehicles used for snow plowing and garbage pickup -- and other equipment, Mr. Grimm said.

Other features will include three bays for mechanics (they share a single bay now), a painting booth, offices, employee facilities and restrooms for park users.

Mr. Grimm said the proposal was not ready yet for formal submission to the planning commission.

"It's a very complex plan that we're working on," Mr. Grimm said.

The planning commission voted to recommend approval of final development plans for a $4 million, 20,000-square-foot community center and gym in nearby Donaldson Community Park, adjacent to West Allegheny's Donaldson Elementary School.

Supervisors gave preliminary approval Feb. 26 and will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday on a conditional-use application for the community center.

Mr. Grimm said the township signed an agreement this week to purchase 9.127 acres for the community center from the Kelley family for $180,000.

The land is adjacent to the 34-acre park and will be incorporated into it.

In April 2012, supervisors approved a $5 million bond issue and earmarked up to $4 million to build the community center. The other $1 million was tagged for municipal building renovations.

About $2 million more will come from proceeds of a 2009 bond issue.

"We'll do as much as we can with $7 million," Mr. Grimm said.

Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering Inc. of Coraopolis is working on the municipal complex site plan. Franus Architectural Associates Inc. of Ellwood City is designing the public works building. An architect for the community center could be chosen as early as next week.


Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:


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