By Karen Vance
UNION TOWNSHIP - Work has begun on a $6.5 million civic center in this Clermont County township.
Existing tax dollars will pay for the new 53,000-square-foot building, which will include township offices, offices for the West Clermont Local School District, a gymnasium and areas for senior services.
"We try to watch real close and make things happen expediently and as cost-effectively as possible," said Township Trustee Art Wiedenbein.
An official groundbreaking at the site off Aicholtz Road behind the Eastgate Furniture Fair store is expected to be in early July.
The township has been talking about a civic center for about four yearsto alleviate overcrowding at the police department, now in the same building as township offices. The police department will occupy all of the building at 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road.
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