Borough Hall construction begins in Phoenixville

JRC photo by Kevin Hoffman This is the future home where Phoenixville Borough Hall will be located on Bridge Street.

PHOENIXVILLE — Construction is well under way at the site of the new borough hall next to district court on the 300 block of Bridge Street.

Caldwell, Heckels and Egan Inc. of Lancaster won the construction bid for $5,590,000 and is slated to finish the new borough hall by May 2013.

The ground in the area is being prepared for the new building that will be attached to the district court building at 347 Bridge St.

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The new building will match the look of the court building, which was built with the intention of adding a borough hall building next to it, Phoenixville Borough Council President Richard Kirkner said earlier this year.

The borough hall project will cost $8 million in its entirety, which includes “the building itself, furniture, communication” and other costs for the building, Borough Manager E. Jean Krack said.

A $10.5 million bond was taken out to pay for the building as well as a retrofit to the borough’s water plant and improvements to the borough’s sewer treatment system.

Of that total, $2 million is scheduled for the water plant and $500,000 is earmarked for sewage treatment, Krack said.

Grants will go toward helping pay off the bond for the water and sewage improvements. Krack said a $1.8 million “H2O” grant from the state and two other grants, one for $400,000 and another for $25,000, from the county from the community revitalization project have gone toward the $1 million of work already completed at the water plant.

As improvements continue at borough hall, and other areas in the borough, such as residential construction at developments like Madison at French Creek, Krack said the borough will document progress on its website.

“We’re taking photos as construction moves on and putting that on the website in a section under the economic development tab called ‘Projects,’” he said.

The Projects tab is not yet set up, but is expected soon, according to Krack.

“As these projects move forward, we’re going to populate the website with that,” he said.