JACKSON TOWNSHIP Meeting reveals plan for administration building

The addition would have a meeting room and offices for most township functions.
NORTH JACKSON -- Several area residents got a preview of plans by Jackson Township officials to build an addition to the township's administration building.
About 20 to 30 people came to St. James Church on Thursday to take part in an informational meeting trustees held so they could see blueprints detailing what a completed, 5,200-square-foot addition might feature. The addition would connect to the renovated 88-year-old, two-story Jackson Township administrative building at 10613 Mahoning Ave.
The town hall-style meeting also gave residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about the addition.
Trustees and others have contended more space is needed because of a lack of handicapped accessibility to the current building, a lack of storage, concerns regarding privacy and safety and a need for a larger multifunctioning room.
Ron Faniro and Frank Rulli, both of Ronald Cornell Faniro Architects Inc. of Youngstown, addressed residents and showed three drawings, including a floor plan, of the proposed addition.
The addition would include a 52-foot-by-40-foot meeting hall as well as a wing for offices for the zoning department, road superintendent and cemetery sexton. The 100- to 120-seat meeting room would be used for dinners and other social functions.
The design also included a connector to the original building.
Once completed, the addition would house various government offices except for the police department, which would be in the original building. That department would need to be separate for security and privacy reasons, Rulli noted.
Any building designs would be tailored to fit with the look of the original building, a farmhouse built in 1916, and would likely allow for keeping the surrounding open space intact, Faniro said.
Trustee Steve Gondol noted that the addition would be one floor so it would be accessible to people who use wheelchairs. The addition will probably be built using the same materials, siding and cottage-style windows as the 2,300-square-foot farmhouse, Gondol said.
Gondol said the township has saved about $124,000 in county sales tax money over a five-year period. Those funds are earmarked for the project, estimated to cost around $600,000 including a new parking lot, Gondol said.
No date has been set for the start of construction.

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