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Marple Emergency Services Safety Center Back On The Table

Marple Board of Commissioners discussed authorizing an architectural design consultant for the proposed emergency services facilities building in town.

BROOMALL–At a  Board of Commissioners work session meeting on Monday, March 5, the proposed emergency services facilities building was back on the table.

Township Manager Anthony Hamaday announced that the township will look to hire an architectural design consultant for the safety center to conceptualize a study and design plan, which will house the , District Court, , and .

"We'll be placing before the board a request to hire a architectural professional to begin the concept design for the police station as well as incorporating all the other components–the fire company, the ambulance–for construction at the old Marple school," said Hamaday.

Hamaday assured that professional services have been budgeted for in the 2012 budget.

"So it appears the proposal will be in line with the budget funds that we have," said Hamaday.

Commissioners President Michael Molinaro, of the Sixth Ward, shared a concern in which the township has been at this point in the planning process before and suggested for a more in-depth cost analysis of the project.

"Again, we're somewhere where we've been before," shared Molinaro. "And I think it would be good for [financial director] Ed [O'Lone] to provide us...how much every $1 million is going to cost us as far as millage and as far as taxes are concerned...and I think that would be helpful in our analysis."

Fifth Ward Commissioner John Longacre also added that now was the time to start the planning process for the building.

"Interest rates are not going to be as cheap as they are right now...that's why there's such an imperative to get it going," said Longacre.

Hamaday confirmed that he will work with the financial director with a cost per $1 million analysis for the commissioners.

The last meeting when the emergency safety center was brought up was back for the township’s proposed emergency services building.

According to Hamaday, at the time, a total of 30 requests for proposals were sent out to architects and engineering firms.

And at a commissioners meeting in August, the board let a tabled vote on the planning process of the  due to down economy and real estate market.

The proposed safety center is expected to be approximately $10-11 million, which would hold all the emergency services departments in the township. The proposed location of the center will be at the old Marple school parking lot off of Malin Road across from the current location of the Broomall Fire Co.

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