Tuesday, January 17
Public Open House 5-7 p.m.
Planning Commission Meeting 7:00 p.m.
West Whiteland Township Building
101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341
Plans are in the works for a new 39,000 sq. ft. public works facility on Valley Creek Blvd. The Planning Commission will review the plans for the new complex at their next meeting on January 17.
This long-awaited project consists of two new buildings, a fueling facility, covered storage bins, and necessary parking. The new complex will replace and consolidate three existing and outdated facilities, providing indoor storage for public works equipment, covered outdoor storage areas for materials, and designated work and repair areas. Storing the vehicles and equipment under cover will lengthen their life span and save costs in the long run. Providing one centralized location for all public works operations will allow for operational efficiency, teamwork, collaboration, and shared equipment usage on a daily basis.
Our three current locations have space constraints, looming capital repair needs and inadequate under-roof storage availability which results in equipment being left out in the elements.
The new facility offers the following:
- Full-service mechanics area including an under-vehicle pit and vehicle lifts to service public works vehicles, police cars, and equipment safely (more police cars in service to keep our neighborhoods safe!)
- Full-service wash bay for vehicle and equipment wash and upkeep which will extend the service life of our fleet
- Conference room and breakroom for staff training and group events with other townships to keep up with the latest public works technologies and best practices
- Additional salt storage capacity to have more material on hand for large, or back-to-back, snow and ice storms to keep roads passable during the most challenging of storms
- Covered storage for construction materials such as stone and mulch, allowing us to buy in bulk and have materials available for emergency repairs
- High capacity water fill station for our jet truck which can improve our response times to emergencies as well as increase production when we are cleaning over 100 miles of sewer
The Planning Commission will review the site plans on January 17, 2023. There is also a public open house scheduled on January 17 to learn more about the project. Once the Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) for approval of the plans, the project will go to the BOS for approval at a public meeting.