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Hatboro Seeks Options on Police Station

A feasibility study is being carried out to see if the police station should be renovated and expanded, or razed and rebuilt.

Hatboro Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to authorize a feasibility study to determine the future of the .

The council acted on an $8,900 proposal submitted by the to determine if the existing police station should be renovated and expanded, or razed and built anew.

Borough Councilwoman Aleta Ostrander said council would receive the results - including drawings and the estimated cost of each option - within two weeks and would decide then the best course of action. Ostrander said the borough has $60,000 to $70,000 allotted in its 2011 budget for architectural renderings, but said actual construction would need to be funded in a subsequent spending plan.

“I would like to see it happen as soon as possible,” Ostrander said.

Police Chief James Gardner said the police station, which was built in the 1950s, wasn’t really designed for the current usage. Until the early 1990s, Gardner said the building also housed borough council, as well as Hatboro’s water and sewer authority.  The borough’s public works department still uses the back portion of the building, Gardner said.

“It was renovated then, but it was never designed to be a police station,” Gardner said. “We’re short in some areas of space.”

In other business, the council voted unanimously to solicit bids for its , as well as for curbing, landscaping and lighting for the Wachovia Bank parking lot.

Bids are also being solicited through next week for purchase of the building itself. Council President Marianne Reymer said that even if the borough-owned former bank building was sold, Hatboro would retain a certain number of parking spaces. Improvements to the parking lot would be carried out using a grant, which expires at year’s end. 

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