Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Move to Centre Pointe looms

West Chester gaining space

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — This booming Butler County community will soon have a new government headquarters and its first-ever county prosecutor's office.

[photo] West Chester Township administration offices will move Sept. 11 into this building at Centre Point off Union Centre Boulevard.
(Michael Snyder photos)
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        West Chester Township administration officials said Tuesday that the move into new offices off of Union Centre Boulevard will begin Sept. 11.

        West Chester officials have signed a five-year, $1.2 million lease of 15,000 square feet on parts of the first and second floors of the Centre Pointe building just off Interstate 75.

        The move from the administration offices at 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road to the recently opened Centre Pointe office building off Muhlhauser Road will be completed by Sept. 18 without any interruption of public service, said Paula Wyrick, administration assistant for the township and one of the coordinators of the move.

        “It's going smoothly. Once we are moved in, we'll be able to operate more efficiently,” Ms. Wyrick said in reference to the chronic lack of public parking space and overcrowding that forces township officials to share offices and even desks.

        Areas where township trustees hold public meetings at least twice a month will be expanded to 200-plus seats, but public meetings will not be held at Centre Pointe until Nov. 14, Ms. Wyrick said.

        The move is also designed to free up space for West Chester's police and courts, both of which share office space with adminis tration officials. The departure of administration offices will allow the conversion of current headquarters into a township justice center.

[photo] Keith Gillispie (left) of Globe Business Interiors cleans a newly installed glass partition as West Chester Township administrators Patty Rahtz (center) and Paula Wyrick look over the office floor plans.
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        As part of the newly created justice center, Butler County Prosecutor Dan Gattermeyer announced this week that for the first time the township will have its own satellite prosecutor's office.

        “Due to the tremendous growth in West Chester, we felt a need to have an expanded presence in the community for the prosecutor's staff,” said Mr. Gattermeyer.

        It is only the second such satellite prosecutor's office in Butler County, with the other being in Middletown, he said.

        The West Chester office will initially be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; but Mr. Gattermeyer said he hopes to expand those hours next year.

        West Chester Trustee Dave Tacosik said township residents will be better served by both the expanded administration offices and addition of a prosecutor's office.

        “These will help us deliver what our community demands — good and quick service,” said Mr. Tacosik.

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