An architect gave the Elizabethtown Borough Council an update on plans for renovating a building that dates to the 1700s into the new borough offices.
At the Borough Council work session on Thursday, Oct. 3, Gary E. Weaver of Tippetts/Weaver Architects described plans for the building at the southwest corner of North Market and Hummelstown streets. The aim is to restore the historic part of the building to its appearance when it was rebuilt in 1915, when the original stone walls were covered in stucco.
Another part of the building is an addition built in the 1960s; the current plan calls for a new main entrance facing Hummelstown Street that connects the original part of the building to the 1960s addition. There is also a plan for an entrance facing the parking lot. Next to the parking lot entrance is to be a newly built set of stairs and an elevator providing access to the ground floor, second floor and basement. The elevator will not provide access to the third floor, which Weaver said would remain unfinished and would not have any offices.
“We felt strongly that there should be a primary entrance on Hummelstown Street,” Weaver said, adding that he did not want the only entrance to be from the parking lot.
Weaver said the existing doors to the historic part of the building would be replaced with windows.
The plan calls for work space above the Borough Council chambers that would allow for six more people to work in the borough offices than currently do, eliminating the need to put offices on the third floor or to have an elevator provide access to the third floor.
Weaver said construction documents should be finished by the end of the month and the project could go out to bid at the beginning of 2020.
The existing borough offices are in a building shared with the borough police station and in a house next door that serves as an annex. The borough plans to sell the house next door and to expand the police station at the existing site.
Also at the meeting, the Borough Council voted to accept the resignation of Borough Manager Roni Ryan, effective on Jan. 24, 2020; she has worked for the borough for 20 years. After the meeting, Ryan said she plans to remain in town, but is taking a new job with The Benecon Group in Lititz, an employee benefits management company.