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Township awaits building answer

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Deadline nears for talk on emergency services site

Whitehall Township officials continue to prefer the proposed emergency services building to be located on grounds by Arlington Cemetery, but time is running out for the prized spot.

According to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., the Trevose-based company that owns the land the township wants to secure for the project was sent a certified letter giving the company until Aug. 15 to respond on whether further talks regarding the acquisition will be held.

“We have not heard back from them,” Hozza said.

What happens if that deadline passes?

“We go to plan B,” Hozza replied.

The mayor declined to elaborate on the specifics of plan B, but township officials appear committed to a resolution of the site for the emergency services center by year end.

The preference for the Arlington Cemetery site was based on its location to the municipal and public works buildings. A roadway would connect that area with an emergency services building, which would serve as the police station, fire department headquarters and township’s emergency management center.