Spring Garden Township officials have contracted an architectural firm to design a municipal complex that would consolidate its administration, police and recreation services into one location.

Township manager Gregory Maust said the discussion of this complex has been ongoing since 2000, but the decision to build likely wouldn't come until at least late 2017.

"It has to do with the characteristics of Spring Garden Township," Maust said of the delay. "There's not a lot of new development here, and this is a significant investment to be made."

Maust said Murphy & Dittenhafer Construction are working through a feasibility study that would give the township a price estimate for the project.

Funding would likely come from the township borrowing money through a bond issue, he said.

"Our facilities are in dire need of upgrades," he said.

Municipal services are currently split into the administration building at 558 S. Ogontz St. and the police and recreation building at 340 Tri Hill Road. Both buildings have been around more than 60 years, according to Maust.

The new complex would be built on a 56-acre parcel at 1799 Mount Rose Ave. that the township owns. The property is the former home of the shuttered United Dye Works factory, Maust said.

There has been no discussion about selling the Ogontz Street or Tri Hill Road properties, he added.

According to a news release from Murphy & Dittenhafer, the township's preliminary plans include adding recreational facilities to the property such as pavilions, walking trails and athletic fields.

The township anticipates incorporating sustainable "green" design principles throughout the project, according to the release.

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