Florence plans to renovate, expand municipal building

by Danielle DeSisto, Staff Writer on August 8, 2017

FLORENCE — The township is preparing to renovate and expand its aging municipal building on Broad Street.

The town’s population has grown over the 30 years since the complex was built, creating a need for more employees and services. Over 12,000 people live in town, and about 50 people work in the municipal building, according to Township Administrator Richard Brook.

“It’s just been completely outgrown,” Brook said. “Thirty years has gone by and times have changed.” .

Florence plans to renovate and expand its municipal building
Florence plans to renovate and expand its municipal building at 711 Broad Street. Officials expect to go out to bid for bonds to fund the project in early 2018. Nancy Rokos/Staff Photographer

Officials plan to expand the building at the rear. They expect to approve a contract with Garrison Architects in Bellmawr, Camden County, within the next month and go out for bond to fund the work early next year.

Officials do not yet have a cost estimate for the project, Brook said.

The building hasn’t accommodated the needs of the local government for a few years, but the township is now in a better financial position to afford the renovations with minimal impact on taxpayers, according to Brook.

The Police Department is most in need of upgrades. The expanded building will give officers more space and bring amenities like locker rooms and holding cells up to code, Brook said.

Renovating the building will allow the township to keep all of its departments under one roof and sustain future growth, he said.

“The building is still functional, but it will never take the township through the next 20 or 30 years,” Brook said.

 

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