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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Danielle Carey Tolan, Westfield Washington Township TrusteePhone: 317-966-5523Email: Danielle@wwtownship.usDate: July 7, 2022
Westfield, IN - Westfield Washington Township has announced plans for their partnership with the Westfield Washington Library to build a new collaborative community space to house both the Library and Township offices located at the southwest corner of Park and Poplar street. This location is adjacent to Westfield Washington Schools, the Monon Trail, and several new proposed housing developments and restaurants.
“This is a culmination of seven years of planning,” says Danielle Carey Tolan, Westfield Washington Township Trustee. “The Library and the Township are very much integrated with programming and community initiatives and this partnership will allow both entities to expand programming, share space, equipment, staff and ultimately provide a more efficient asset to the community,” says Carey Tolan.
The Library and the Township will break ground on this 55,000 square foot structure this fall and construction is expected to last approximately 12-18 months. The Township portion of the structure will be funded through a build-operate-transfer contract (BOT) which allows the project to be built without an impact to the residents’ tax bill. The sale of the current Township office and cash reserves will be the main source of funding. According to Carey Tolan, building a separate structure would not be as cost efficient.
“We are thrilled to finally be breaking ground on this amazing community asset,” says Sheryl Sollars, Executive Director, Westfield Washington Library. “This community resource will further enhance government efficiency by constructing both the Library portion and the Township portion at the same time allowing all building and site work costs to be spread equally based on the square footage of the two structures,” says Sollars.
This Township portion of the project was formally approved yesterday at the Township Board meeting.