WOODSTOCK – Dorr Township officials will move into their new 10,800-square-foot town hall Monday.
This week, boxes and papers are strewn around the 1,600-square-foot facility that the township has called home for 35 years. Its fate is sealed – changing hands to the lone bidder once paperwork is finalized this month.
The township’s new building, 1039 Lake Ave., Woodstock, is undergoing final touches this week after construction crews gutted and rebuilt the facility to accommodate its multiple uses.
The new town hall has a boardroom, community room and meeting space for needs-based assistance programs. It also will house the Woodstock Food Pantry, which now resides in a cramped space at 226 Washington St.
Township Supervisor Bob Pierce said it will take time to make the switch, and he’s asking for patience from the community. The phone line will switch over Monday, but there could be a delay at some point, he said.
“We’ll be able to do some things, but until the computers get hooked up and everything, [there] will be a delay,” Pierce said.
The food pantry will move in another week, Pierce said. The pantry has needed more space since the recession heightened needs in the area.
Dorr Township bought the new building for $525,000 in March.
The original construction contract called for $850,000 in remodeling, but Pierce said the project is coming in below budget.
The old building was appraised at $180,000. The township board accepted the lone bid of $183,000. The buyer’s identity will not be made public until the sale is finalized.