The public can give final thoughts at a public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St.
Township officials hope planning commissioners approve rezoning the 2.4-acre site from single-family residential to semi-public/planned unit development to make way for an 18,800-square-foot municipal building estimated to cost $4.5 million to $5 million.
Planning commissioners have reacted less than enthusiastically about the township's proposal, citing size and location concerns.
The proposed brick building would stand 42 feet at its highest point, according to architects from Ohio-based CR Architecture and Design.
The building would be two stories with a third floor for the meeting room. It would have a 35-foot setback from M-104 and serve as a “gateway” to the community, architects say.
Township officials don't have an alternate plan if planners reject the proposal.
“If the question is do we have a Plan B or Plan C, we're really not that far along,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “We're still working on Plan A. We think this proposal makes good sense and is good planning.”
Gallagher said if there are things that need adjusted, they'll take a look at those upon Planning Commission’s recommendation.
He noted that financing for the project is uncertain, but bonding is likely. Grants may also be an option, he said.
If plans proceed for a new fire barn, the township would close the 148th Avenue and Buchanan Street stations and sell the sites. The 174th Avenue station would continue to serve the township's west side.
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