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Update on Jeffery School
The Township has completed the acquisition of the former Jeffery School from the Shaler Area School District. The Township purchased the school building and surrounding grounds for $120,000. The closing was at the end of August.
The Township has contracted with various consulting firms to determine the most economical use of the building to meet our needs. As stated earlier, our primary needs are relocation of the Parks and Recreation Department to a more centralized location at Kiwanis Park, as well as a few classrooms for community needs, expansion of indoor facilities for our ever-growing community events and the addition of an outside pavilion that will be available for rental purposes.
We have contracted with HHSDR for an initial analysis of the building, including structural integrity. In addition, we have completed a topographic and asbestos survey. Additional work includes immediate needs due to deferred maintenance. We have to prepare the building mechanics for winter as it has been unused for several years.
Once the basics have been evaluated, we will present the Board of Commissioners with a rendering of the building for their approval. Once the final designs are in place, the Township will unveil our plans via the Township’s website and various social media platforms.
We are anxious for this project to begin and hopefully we can see commencement of construction in the spring of 2022. In addition, the Township has approved the removal of the existing pavilion at Kiwanis Park and will be replacing it with a larger pavilion that will be similar to the Shaler Park Deck at the Pool. This shelter will be available for rental in the spring of 2022.