West Deer will receive a state grant of $1.5 million to be used for the construction of a municipal complex.
Representative Bob Brooks announced the grant in a press release April 22. He advocated for funding through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to the statement.
“The grant is great news for our community,” said Brooks. “West Deer Township is growing in an area that is losing population. The municipal building is too small to handle day-to-day operations, so a facility upgrade is needed. »
The RACP is a state grant program administered by the Bureau of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historic improvement projects, according to the Bureau of the Budget’s website. ‘State.
West Deer Supervisors President Beverly Jordan said she was delighted with the grant, which will help meet the needs of the township.
“We get what we pay for in this building, but it’s time to grow,” Jordan said. “We don’t have enough room.”
The current building, built in 1952, is outdated, officials said. There are three people sharing one office and two in another.
Jordan said supervisors set aside money each year for the project so property taxes wouldn’t have to be raised to build the complex.
There are plans to raze the current building once the new municipal building is completed.
Township manager Daniel Mator said he had written many grants in the past, but none had made him as happy as this one when he received the news. He said supervisors have made it clear they want a new resort to accommodate their growth and meet community needs without raising taxes.
“This grant – along with other initiatives – brings us one step closer to achieving those goals,” he said.
On April 20, two days before the grant announcement, West Deer supervisors delayed the decision to award an architectural contract for the design of the new municipal building.
It is proposed to be built adjacent to the current site on East Union Road.
One of the unanswered questions at the meeting was whether to go ahead with a 12,000 square foot building or a 17,000 square foot building.
Supervisor James Smullin said he would like more time to study architectural bids for the design of the complex that were submitted by RSSC Architecture ($398,000), HHSDR Architects ($419,900) and Entasis Inc. ($464,000). $100).