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PHOTOS: New Town Hall, Library Takes Shape

The new Moorestown municipal complex is on track to open in the spring.

The new town hall-library is slated for completion this spring. Credit: Rob Scott
The new town hall-library is slated for completion this spring. Credit: Rob Scott
Despite some minor weather hiccups, construction of Moorestown's new town hall/library building is on schedule for a spring debut.

Project manager Michael Schaefer, of Greyhawk, said the $11 million complex will reach "substantial completion" in mid- to late April—at which point the township and library will begin moving in—followed by about a month of checking off minor items here and there.

"We want it to be 100 percent user-friendly when we hand over the keys," said Schaefer.

The 47,000-square foot building, which was still just a skeleton when Schaefer gave Patch a tour last summer, is really beginning to take shape. Schaefer pointed out each of the individual township offices, the council meeting room, and the various sections of the library.

One of the newer, more exciting features of the new library will be the cafe at the front entrance. Schaefer said the township is in the process of preparing a request for proposals (RFP) to bring in a vendor. He said the vendor could be a major retailer (i.e. Starbucks or a subsidiary) or even a local proprietor.

The cafe likely won't be ready on opening day, but soon after, Schaefer said. 

Schaefer also noted the setup of the township council meeting room, which will have state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities, including taping of township meetings. He was unsure whether meetings would be broadcast live but said they will be aired on television. 

What feature of the new town hall-library are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below. 
Moorestown Astroturf January 15, 2014 at 07:09 PM
How much did that photo cost? $20 million so far?
Mary Nelson January 15, 2014 at 09:42 PM
Well, we can all drive by the new complex and smile after our taxes go up 30% (e.g. when the rest of the liquor money runs out).
Mary Nelson January 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM
I have not heard anything about that. My understanding was that the court will remain in Maple Shade. Also, I don't think Council has found a permanent home for the police. So, now we are paying $155k per year for temporary space AND the debt service on this new building. Love the comment I this article about the A/V capabiltiies in the Council chambers. What this fails to mention is that this state of the art equipment cost $400k. Was that really necessary? Why do we need a "situation room" in Moorestown?
Rob Scott (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Mary, The court has actually been moved to Cinnaminson. I don't remember exactly when, but sometime earlier this year.
Bella Pelosi January 16, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Hank are you spreading rumors again? Why don't you tell us what the council is doing about the good people in Sanitation whose jobs are at stake due to the new town hall costs.
Steve McKerney January 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Bella, why didn't you just pay the ticket?
NObama January 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Democrats 2010: REPUBLICANS FAILED TO BUILD THE TOWN HALL! Democrats 2012: REPUBLICANS FAILED TO BUILD THE TOWN HALL! Democrats 2014: Uh.... They built the Town Hall... But... HOW DARE THEY USE MONEY TO BUILD IT!
Steve McKerney January 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Nice NOBama! How say you Bella? p.s. Why didn't you just the pay the $42 fine?
Bella Pelosi January 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Steve that makes as much sense as NObama. Will the Repub ticket be running this year on It only took 6 years to build town hall, spend $20 million on it, raised your taxes and fired the trash guys to pay for new offices. Followed up with The Police are still renting. Will Repubs actually support people who tax and spend? Doesn't that make them Democrats
Steve McKerney January 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Bellob, I think you know that the new town hall and library did not cost anywhere near $20 million. I think you also know that it cost about half that and was initiated under the Aberant crew of Democrats. How much did they spend? How much did you cost the taxpayers?
Bella Pelosi January 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Steve without blaming Repubs or Dems for now, can you explain to us all how much it did cost including future interest payments? Maybe you will be right. All I ask is you prove it then we can let readers decide.
Anne Smith January 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Beautiful building! Can't wait to see it when it opens. The rec center looks great too!
Tom January 16, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Steve and Bella, I think everyone would like to hear what that answer is. Transparency would be nice.

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