West York Borough is eyeing a soon-to-be vacant district school to house borough offices and its police department.
During a council meeting Monday, Brian Wilson, council president, said the borough will send a letter to West York Area School District inquiring about possibly acquiring Loucks Elementary.
Wilson said the borough isn't making an offer on the school, which is located in the borough and is expected to close, but would like to open a dialogue with the district about its possible purchase.
Borough Solicitor Mieke Driscoll said the letter should be clear that it is "not an offer and there's no obligation" for the borough to buy it.
Closing: The district is expected to close the 1381 W. Poplar St. school as part of reconfiguration plan that school officials say would save the district money and balance the student population in its elementary schools.
As part of the plan, district-wide renovations, which have a total estimated cost of $54.8 million, are in the works, including at Wallace Elementary in West Manchester Township, where Loucks students will eventually go.
Before the district can send the added students to Wallace, construction work there will have to be completed. That is expected to happen in July 2015, district officials said.
New offices: Wilson said the school could house borough offices and a police station.
The current borough building was built in the early 1960s, said Kathy Altland, borough manager.
The 1700 W. Philadelphia St. building, which is home to borough offices, the police station and council chambers, is starting to show its age and is cramped, Wilson said after the meeting.
Caulk had to be used to patch a hole that was allowing rain into the vestibule, Wilson said, adding he'd like to see the police have more space.
Currently, the police station comprises a small office for the chief and a small duty room where officers not only do paperwork but also hold people they have arrested. An evidence area is easily accessible to the public, Wilson said.
"We need new a new office," Wilson said. "Plus, this building's starting to fall apart."
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