Hatboro council presented with facilities study
Borough buildings could have renovations coming soon. Hatboro Borough Council heard the results of the facilities study conducted by town planner and landscape architect company Thomas Comitta Associates Inc. during the regular council meeting Feb. 25.
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“We asked ourselves the question,” Comitta said about when the facility study started, “how would all the facilities all compliment each other?”
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The study looked at renovations for Borough Hall, the adjacent Borough Hall Annex, public works department, police department and the borough parks. The only new building Comitta suggested was a 40- by 90-foot building in Eaton Memorial Park to house large equipment used by public works that would have a 40- by 20foot ampitheater at one end as a park amenity. These
These would be located where the former tennis courts were.
“I was struck that there are some possibilities in Eaton Memorial Park,” Comitta said. “There’s plenty of elbow room in that park.”
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The police department would see major renovations in the way people are escorted through the building when arrest- ed. Comitta said currently police have to park in front of the building and escort arrested individuals up the front steps and through the main area of the police station to the holding area.
Police Chief James Gardner said this is an uncommon way to take people to holding areas and creates security challenges. After renovations, police will be able to pull into the garage, close and secure the garage door and then escort arrested individuals directly into the holding area without having to go through the police station.
Additionally, the police station would see renovations with additional parking and the relocation of the emergency management coordinator from Borough Hall to the station.
Comitta said Borough Hall’s main renovation is making a “more graceful” entrance into the building. Currently, visitors can enter from the side and use signs to direct themselves around or they can enter up the steps and through WhH PDLn HnWUDnFH whHUH WhH RIfiFHV are located. Comitta suggested directing all visitors to the side entrance of BRURuJh HDOO DnG UHDUUDnJLnJ RIfiFHV to create a reception area. This would include placing reception windows by the entrance.
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