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South Fayette officials move forward with community center plans

| Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, 3:06 p.m.

South Fayette officials have shifted their focus on where to build a community center to the Morgan Municipal Complex.

The township hired WTW Architects in late spring to develop preliminary plans for the property at 515 Millers Run Road. Residents were expected to get their first look at a master plan at a public forum Monday.aug. 10

The first phase of the two-part project would include the construction of a new library and recreation area as well as the rearrangement of the administration office, Manager Ryan Eggleston said. The public works facility would be moved to Treveskyn Park

The second phase would include demolition of the public works facility and new construction for police, township offices and community space.

“As one of the fastest-growing communities in the area we have been focused on trying to look at what would be a modern comprehensive municipal center,” Eggleston said. “With this plan we are looking for what the future might bring for this site while increasing the accessibility and facilities.”

A new community center has been a major focus in the township since a needs assessment was completed in 2007.

“Overall it showed we needed more space for everything and bigger facilities to serve the community,” said Community Development Director Andrea Iglar. ”That need hasn't changed.”

Iglar said the Morgan Complex, which is more than 50 years old, has gained momentum because of the township park located adjacent to the center. Additionally, the township already owns the property.

The former Star City Cinemas site off Route 50 was previously a target location.

Although too early for cost estimates, the township has allocated about $7.5 million for the initial phase of the project, which it hopes to complete by fall 2017, Iglar said.

The township hopes the bulk of the money comes from selling 8.5 acres of the Star City land. Burns and Scalo and Horizon Properties both submitted proposals. Horizon offered $5 million; Scalo offered $3 million because it wants to lease the property instead.

The rest of the money would come from already-completed sales of other parcels to Washington Financial Bank and UPMC, which consolidated its children's health care at the new Children's South facility there.

Residents who missed Monday's meeting but would like to offer input can do so by visiting southfayettepa.com.

Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or afelser@tribweb.com.

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