Township breaks ground on new building

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ROUZERVILLE—Washington Township officials and others recently celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking on the new township building on Buchanan Trail East.

The 12,120-square-foot building, will house township administrative staff, the Washington Township Police Department and the tax collector’s office.
The land was donated by local philanthropist, Alma Oyer and the new facility was made possible through a $2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant facilitated by Rep. Paul Schemel—which will cover roughly half the total cost.

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

“They are rotting away and sinking,” explained Township Manager Jeff Geesaman. “There’s mold issues … water pours in the lunchroom. We have about 60 percent of our lights light every morning and every day that 60 percent is different.”

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

The project is expected to take about a year for competition.