Manheim unveils plans for Market Square building
BY ROCHELLE A. SHENK, Correspondent
Manheim Borough Council discussed plans for the new police headquarters and borough offices at 45 Market Square during a meeting March 26.
Pete De Vitry of De Vitry Architects presented the plan for the 7,500-square-foot building, which formerly housed a daycare center. The two-story building has a basement and an attic.
"We're keeping as much of the existing building intact as we can," he said.
The front entrance to the building would remain where it is, however, an access ramp and landscaping would be added. The proposed first floor would feature a lobby and house the police department. A 3,500-square-foot addition to the first floor would house an equipment room, locker rooms and a secure entryway.
An elevator would provide access to the second floor, which would house borough offices. The basement would house a maintenance room and the foundation support for the elevator. The attic would not be occupied.
"There is really no code requirement for an elevator to be installed in the building. (The elevator, a limited-use limited access unit, is) used in cases like this where an existing building is being retrofitted," De Vitry said. He added that the LULA costs about $40,000 less than a traditional full-size elevator.
Council member John Eshelman, who also serves on the public works committee, said construction costs have not yet been addressed.
"This is all very preliminary. We would like to provide handicap access to the second floor, but when we get to discussing cost if we need to trim the project, the elevator could be eliminated," he said.
De Vitry said he and the public works committee had considered shifting a portion of the borough offices to the first level and some of the police department to the second level, but it was felt that splitting the areas was not efficient.
The building does not contain a council chamber. The Manheim Farm Show Committee has offered council free use of the meeting room in the new exhibition center, which is being built at the Farm Show grounds off Adele Avenue.
Manheim Borough Police Chief Joe Stauffer said the plan outlined by De Vitry would allow the police department to function well.
Council initially awarded De Vitry a contract of $9,000 for preparation of the building plans. Because of the number of meetings and time required to finalize the plans, council approved an additional $2,250.
Council also awarded a $4,250 contract to David Christian & Associates to provide landscaping and parking plans for the new building.
De Vitry and Christian will work together to create a revised plan for council to review.