Saturday, September 28, 2002

Springfield Twp. set for projects

$12M raised for 4 facilities

By Angela Koenig
Enquirer contributor

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Township officials are ready to embark on $12 million in construction projects — financed by a May 2002 bond issue — to improve four government facilities.

        “The money's in the bank and the goal is to have all four projects' design schemes completed by the end of this year,” said Mike Hinnenkamp, township administrator.

        The township recently contracted with two architectural firms, Michael Schuster Associates and Cole & Russell, to draw up plans. Construction bids could go out as early as January 2003, Mr. Hinnenkamp said.

        The projects include: The relocation and construction of a 30,000-square-foot fire headquarters from 8375 Winton Road to 9150 Winton Road, adjacent to the township administration building; the expansion and renovation of the police department at 1130 Compton Road; relocation and construction of a Springfield Township Service Department Complex, from 8375 Winton to 950 Compton Road; and renovations to The Grove banquet hall, which sits on township property near the administration building.

        “There has always been a strong statement by the community that they want township services to remain high,” said Joe Honerlaw, township trustee.

        That statement, Mr. Hinnenkamp said, was borne out by the swift sale of the township's bonds.

        “They sold out in 40 minutes,” he said, adding that many were purchased by township residents.


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