Council members, Administration and tax payers of the city,we are always looking for cost effective measures to save the citizen on taxes. I've noticed a lot of our government buildings are old and cannot no longer expand with the many changes of the future, some are well over 100 years old and the cost to maintain them will continue to rise.
I'm asking the governing body and the administration to consider expanding our Municipal and some government building to the Muhlenberg site. A Municipal Complex would be a worthwhile study in conjunction with the one that was previously proposed a you have economic development to draw potential buyers for Muhlenberg hospital. The site would make an excellent Municipal complex for the city of Plainfield.
The city would save million of dollars housing our Municipal court,police department, detectives bureau,parking authority, PLFD Ambulance and numerous other potential departments in the annex building under one roof. The study would provide pros and cons,rent,upkeep,office supplies,utilities, shared services etc. Also, what will be the outcome if nothing is done? Therefore, I'm asking my colleagues and the administration to take a serious look at the potential for this site.
The apartment proposal was based on astudy by a real estate expert Jeffrey Otteau, who said he found it to be the best use for the site. The city later hired a firm to make a separate Muhlenberg study, which concluded that medical uses would be best for the site.
In September, another study found the hospital site to be "in need of redevelopment" and recommended a "non-condemnation" approach, which took the previously-considered use of eminent domain off the table. Attorney Steven J. Tripp said Muhlenberg favored non-condemnation. The next step is for the council to ask the Planning Board to make a redevelopment plan.