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Architects designing plans for complex

| Sunday, May 25, 2003 12:00 a.m

Architects working on plans for a community center complex in Monroeville will set up a temporary design studio at the municipal center to allow the public offer input on the project.

Architects with Ross, Schonder, Sterzinger, & Cupcheck, of Wexford, will be available for three days next month to sketch residents’ ideas for the planned Monroeville Community Complex. Other consultants will be available to answer residents’ questions.

“It seemed to work for the streetscape,” Municipal Manager Marshall Bond said. “We’ll see how it works for the community park.”

The studio will be set up June 3-5 at Monroeville Municipal Center. Studios similarly were set up for the municipality’s streetscape and skate park projects.

The municipality held a similar session while planning its streetscape project. Residents offered input on how to make Route 22 more pedestrian-friendly and on what a downtown Monroeville could look like.

Council purchased about 125 acres along Tilbrook Road in April for the long awaited community park and center complex. The land cost $2.4 million. Municipal officials expect to spend about $15 million — which already is in reserve — to complete the project.

A community center complex has been a topic of discussions for the last decade.

The complex is expected to include walking trails, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, basketball courts, meeting facilities for teenagers, recreational offices and several athletic fields. Council presented a diagram with trails and ball fields to give residents an idea of what the project could look like.

Officials with such organizations as the Monroeville Hockey Association and the Monroeville Baseball Association are expected to drop by the temporary studio and offer suggestions.

Design studio hours will be 1 to 9 p.m. June 3; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 4 and 9 a.m. to noon June 5.

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