Marquette Township officials will be holding an open house Tuesday, before the regularly-scheduled board meeting, to allow residents to review plans and talk to principles involved in the design and building of new fire and township halls for the community.
The forum -which will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marquette Township Hall- comes just over a week after the township board unanimously approved a design and building contract for the $3.9 million project.
The new halls -which will include an 11,966 square-foot township hall with a community center and a 14,143 square-foot fire hall- will be located across from each other diagonally at the intersection of Venture and Commerce drives and Moran Street, behind the Westwood Mall in Trowbridge Park.
Board members, township staff and contractors will be available for questions and comments. The approved plans will also be available at the session. The plans and township staff are also available to the public during regular business hours.
"These new facilities will provide a centrally-located gathering place for the community; sufficient office, storage (and) apparatus space for the next 20-25 years; a consolidation of township services and resources; a position near projected future growth; a catalyst for additional economic development; a professional image to incoming developers and stakeholders; modern, high-performance, energy-efficient, sustainable structures and an enrichment of local public and private partnerships," McCarthy said in a news release.
Funding for the project will include a short-term loan, funds set aside by the township and the proceeds from sales of township assets, including the current township hall. Money from the township's fire, public works and general funds will be involved.
The current fire hall will be remodeled to accommodate the township public works department, which will be consolidated and relocated. The fire hall has been in operation since 1979 and the existing township hall was completed in 1983.
The deadline for construction completion and the new facilities to be occupied is Aug. 31, 2013.
We think the open house is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about this dynamic development, which is expected to enhance several aspects of life in the township.