Township officials are scheduled to meet with an Ohio-based architectural firm next week to learn the results of a preliminary “space needs” study.
Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the $25,000 preliminary work would determine if both a new township hall and fire barn would fit on the 2.4-acre site that the township purchased last year.
The township's option agreement on the 4-acre Doezema property on the southwest corner of the same intersection has expired, according to Gallagher.
Gallagher said the Township Board is targeting that intersection because it is the central location for all fire calls on the east side of the township.
The east side is currently serviced by the 148th Avenue fire station and the 106 S. Buchanan St. fire barn/township hall site.
Although he wouldn't rule out revisiting the Doezema property in the future, Gallagher said all energy now is focused on the northeast corner.
“We want to see what can happen with the parcel we own,” he said. “One of the things that has been talked about is the size. Is it large enough? I think that's why we wanted to have an architect look at it.”
There is no square-footage target and no cost estimates at this time.
Gallagher said they plan to meet with a representative from fire building specialist CR Architecture & Design next week.
“We want to start by reviewing the site, then we want to look at our space needs,” Gallagher said. “What kind of meeting room space is needed? What kind of office space is needed? There's a clerk's office, assessor's office, reception area — then they're going to look at putting the space on the site.”
Any plans would also require the approval of both the village's Planning Commission and Village Council. Gallagher said he expects to make a presentation to the Planning Commission in September.
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