Back doors closed during construction
June 18, 2014
CRANBERRY TWP — The back entrance to the township’s municipal center will close for six weeks because of an ongoing construction project taking place there. The sliding glass door is next to a space that previously held the township police department, a space that will now include multipurpose classrooms. Crews also will be working on the outside facade of the building, another move that facilitated the closing of the back doors. Anyone parking in the back lot of the municipal center will be directed to enter the building at the police department entrance. Work started in April on the $3.1 million renovation project, which will include replacing the facility’s roof for the first time since 1990. There also will be enhancements to the parks and recreation department as well the library. “Everything is going well,” said Assistant Manager Duane McKee. “It’s a three-phase project and we just broke into phase two, which is the library project. But the big move was closing the back doors because we’re about to start the outdoor renovations to give it a streetscape look out back.” Crews also will install LED lighting to replace industrial lights inside the municipal center The public space will get new carpeting and potentially a new welcoming center that residents would see when they walk in the front doors. Thirty of the 39 heating and air conditioning units on the roof will be replaced. The renovations to the parks and recreation department include improvements and additions to the department’s preschool, fitness and cultural arts program spaces. The updated preschool facility now will include child-friendly furniture, bathrooms and other decorative features, while the fitness room is being outfitted with new flooring. In addition, new study areas and tutoring spaces will be built in the library, while a new room for small children is being designed to accommodate toddlers while their parents participate in aerobics or other adult programs in the municipal center. McKee said the renovations are expected to be completed by October.