NORTHFIELD CENTER — Plans continue to be discussed for upgrades to Township Hall and the fire station, but trustees still have not decided on a specific proposal.
Architect Chris Kontur of CFK Construction presented the latest three options for upgrades during the township trustees’ Feb. 4 work session. All would include renovations to the existing three-story brick Township Hall built in 1909.
Two of them would involve either erecting a detached or attached fire station on 3.2 acres to the south of Township Hall, while the other would involve renovating the current firehouse to the west of Township Hall. Kontur said the station likely would have three bays and be around 4,800 square feet.
The southernmost site would mean fire vehicles responding to calls would exit onto Brandywine Road, while the westernmost location would mean vehicles would continue to exit onto Route 82.
Among renovations Kontur has proposed to Township Hall are electrical and plumbing upgrades, asbestos abatement, work on stairwells and gutters and perhaps the addition of an elevator.
Last May, the township finalized the purchase of the 3.2 acres to the south of Township Hall for $200,000. The land formerly was owned by Sagamore Hills Township.
Township Administrator Steve Wright said there is no precise timeline for the project to start, but it could be a year or longer. He said no concrete estimate of costs has been determined.
Trustees have said a bond issue might be necessary to finance construction of the fire station and Township Hall renovations. However, Wright said they are first trying to see if any funding sources are available that would not impact residents financially.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.