Lockport Township looks for more space
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com April 29, 2014 4:32PM
Updated: June 1, 2014 6:27AM
Lockport Township officials are looking into finding more space for a community center and township offices.
The township now occupies 6,000 square feet in the Central Square building on 9th Street, where city and park district offices also are located.
But Township Supervisor Ron Alberico said the township would like to offer more programs, especially for senior citizens and youth, as well as having adequate office and storage space for township business.
“We are in the very, very preliminary stages. It’s just an idea that we are investigating, to see if it’s viable,” Alberico said. “We are open to all options.”
The options could include buying land for a new building, leasing an existing structure and teaming with other taxing districts, including the Lockport Park District, he said.
The park district has programs for seniors and youth, but Alberico sees a need for more.
The Central Square building is more than 100 years old, and township is running out of room there, particularly the assessor’s office, Alberico said.
“I would like to build tomorrow if I could, but we are not jumping into anything. We are taking it slow and steady,” he said. “We will not build anything that would put us into debt.”
Alberico emphasized that a project would be done with “no tax increases.”