The South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on Feb. 12 to approve entering into a sales agreement for the $300,000 purchase of 10 acres of land along Hickory Grade Road for construction of a township office building and police station.
The board also accepted a proposal from Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. for geotechnical services at the vacant property at a cost of approximately $50,000.
“We are excited to be moving forward with facility improvements,” Township Manager John M. Barrett said.
Plans are to construct a facility for core local government services such as the township offices and police station. As the land acquisition and construction planning processes move forward, details will be determined.
“We first have to make sure this site works for us, and then we can figure out how to best use the property to meet our facility needs,” Mr. Barrett said.
Construction of a new municipal building and police station is the first phase of a multi-step plan to improve and expand township facilities. During a strategic meeting in December, the Board of Commissioners identified the administrative offices and police station as the top priorities for facility improvements.
The current administrative building is more than 60 years old, with inadequate space for staff, storage, meetings and other functions.
The Hickory Grade Road site is in close proximity to Interstate 79, Washington Pike, Route 50 and the current municipal complex at 515 Millers Run Road.
Moving forward, the township will work with groups such as the South Fayette Township Library and South Fayette Area Senior Citizens Association to determine how they will be accommodated.