Washington Twp. project moves forward

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WAYNE HEIGHTS—Plans are moving forward for a new municipal building in Washington Township.

The Board of Supervisors voted Monday to let bids for the proposed 12,120-square-foot building, which would house township administrative staff, the Washington Township Police Department and the tax collector’s office.

The new facility would be built along Buchanan Trail East just west of the Pen-Mar Antique Market.

Plans call for an “L”-shaped, wood-framed building with some concrete and metal siding.

The goal is for the structure to be a fairly basic office building, but large enough to accommodate a township of its size.

Half the building would be township and tax offices and the other half would be reserved for the police department.

Project estimates have ranged between $1.9 million and $6.3 million, due to supply issues and variable cost projections.

The new building is needed to replace the current buildings on Welty Road, which are in various states of deterioration.

The current township administration building is located inside a grouping of six “temporary” trailers that were placed in 2005 and 2008.

The police department building was built in 1967 and added onto in the 1980s and 1990s.

The bids are expected to go out Feb. 1, with an opening planned for March.

Work on the project could begin as early as April or May.