Glassboro Offices Relocate For Renovation Work A Few Of The Departments Are Staying Put At Borough Hall. The Others Can Be Found Across The Street.

Posted: January 02, 2000

GLASSBORO — Most of the borough's municipal departments have moved across the street to the old First National Bank building, pending a $1 million renovation to Borough Hall.

Those now doing business at 6 E. High St. include the mayor, borough administrator, borough clerk, tax assessor, tax collector, health and housing, finance, tax collections, and parks and recreation, said Joseph A. Brigandi Jr., borough administrator.

Throughout the six- to 12-month construction project, the police department, court clerk, and office of emergency management will remain in Borough Hall.

All telephone numbers will remain the same during the project.

The borough plans to renovate 6,500 square feet, or about half, of the building and add about 3,200 square feet of office space at Main and High Streets, where the concrete terrace now stands.

The building will be made accessible to handicapped people by the installation of an elevator and entrance ramp, widening of the hallways, and updating of the restrooms, Brigandi said.

A locker room for female police officers will also be added because of a previous lawsuit against the police department.

The renovations were designed by the Olivieri architects firm in Collingswood, Camden County.

"It will pretty much look the same," Brigandi said. "As much as we would have liked to have done something different, it would have been pretty expensive to redo the face of the building. There might be a nicer design on the new part."

Instead of leasing five temporary trailers at about $500 a month each to house its employees, Brigandi said, the borough is leasing space in the old bank for $2,500 a month.

In early 1999, a $1.1 million bond was approved for the construction project. On Dec. 14, the Borough Council rejected the first round of contractor's bids - the highest of which was about $1.5 million, Brigandi said.

A second round of bids is due Tuesday.

Construction could start as early as February and last about a year.

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