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Swatara Township seeks public's input on new municipal center, park

Swatara Township is planning to build a new municipal center and campus and park on the farmland off Route 441 that it purchased in 2012.

Swatara Township center site 

The township has outgrown its facilities on Eisenhower Boulevard, said Jan LeBlanc, township manager, and the supervisors voted 7-0 in June to move forward with the project.

The site will allow the township to incorporate more functional and safe facilities for police, administration and public works departments, as well as space for a public park. The sewer authority and tax collector offices will also be at the center, and land will be set aside for a future firehouse.

The township is asking the public to weigh in on the project, and a public meeting to gather input will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the current township building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd. They can tour the current facilities and meet with township staff and the design team.

The public can also complete a survey on the project and provide suggestions on what facilities to include. It is available for residents at www.surveymonkey.com/r/stparkssurvey.

The cost of the project is not yet determined, since the size of the building that will be needed hasn’t been decided, LeBlanc said. Space requirements should be known in about three months, she said. The current building is 47,000 square feet, but there is a lot of wasted space, she said.

The project will be paid for with $3.3 million in savings set aside for this purpose; proceeds from the sale of the current building, estimated at $3 million; state and local grants for certain aspects of the project; and a 30-year bond issue for the rest. Target date for completion is September 2019.

The Bishop farm was purchased in 2012 for $1 million. The new municipal center is proposed for the area west of Eisenhower Blvd. and north of Route 441.

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