Lower Pottsgrove Campus Plans Progress; Size Still Undetermined

A view of land (at top), looking north from the corner of South Pleasant View Road and Brown Street in Sanatoga, that Lower Pottsgrove bought for its proposed municipal campus

SANATOGA PA – Planning for the design of the Lower Pottsgrove Township municipal campus, consisting of township offices, its police department, a small park, and parking facilities, continues among members of the Board of Commissioners’ Infrastructure Committee. But committee member and Commissioner Ray Lopez acknowledged they have not yet determined a final square footage for the building’s size.

The campus is scheduled to be built at the southeast corner of East High Street and South Pleasant View Road. The township has already purchased and cleared several parcels there in anticipation of construction. Bids for the project could be sought by early next year, Lopez indicated.

During the board’s meeting last week (Aug. 27, 2020) Lopez said the committee made changes in the police department processing area and car port, where alleged offenders are admitted. The committee also discussed building ventilation, truss designs, and the public meeting room. They may see another iteration of car port diagrams, Lopez noted.

But he was unable to definitively answer questions, posed by fellow Commissioner Michael McGroarty, about the building’s footprint. Its size, generally determined by square footage, as well as its proposed multi-million price tag, both have been points of contention raised directly with the board during public meetings and, more recently, on social media outlets.

“We’ve got a number of things to get through yet,” Lopez acknowledged, adding that additions to and reductions in room sizes still under review affect the overall building size. He said he hoped to have that number soon.

Commissioner Robert Mohollen, also in response to questions, was assured by Lopez that Acting Police Chief Wil James is “up to speed” on design revisions affecting the police department, and that a township-hired law enforcement consultant, Safe City Solutions of Perkasie PA, also was offering suggestions on potential department needs. In one instance, Lopez said, it advocated keeping rather than eliminating a small set of holding cells with the department space.

During its September meetings (two were held in August), according to Lopez, the committee intends to further discuss township options in financing the building cost.

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