South Frontenac Township reveals plans for Town Hall, offices expansion

There are changes on the horizon for the Town Hall and municipal offices of South Frontenac Township.

On Thursday, Jun. 13, 2024, the township revealed its plans for expanding both the Town Hall and the municipal offices, which are located at 4432 George Street in Sydenham. With construction anticipated to begin in August of this year, the expansion will increase the size of the current municipal offices from 8,761 square feet to 13,239 square feet, the township detailed. The expansion project is slated for completion by fall of 2025.

In a press release, South Frontenac Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Louise Fragnito pointed to anticipated population growth and increased demand for municipal services – both now and in the future – as the central reasons for the expansion.

“We’ve seen a marked increase in the demands for municipal services in the past decade and we’ve outgrown our current space in Sydenham,” Fragnito said.

“The population of South Frontenac is expected to grow by 25 per cent in the next 20 years. This expansion will position us for growth in the future and help us better [meet] our residents’ needs.”

According to the township, the expansion will feature the following:

  • More workstations and meeting rooms
  • Separate planning and building reception areas
  • A newly designed main reception area on the main floor
  • An accessible lift for the public and other accessibility upgrades

The township also noted it is “hoping to include some building retrofit upgrades” in the project.

During the construction work, the Town Hall and Council Chambers will be inaccessible. It will also mean that some township staff will work remotely, while others will work in temporary office space. The township listed the following points for area residents to be aware of:

  • The main Reception and Treasury department will move next door to the Sydenham Library Community Room, 4412 Wheatley Street, which will be unavailable for booking by community groups starting in mid-July. The main library will remain open.
  • The Building and Planning departments will relocate to Storrington Centre administrative offices at 3910 Battersea Rd. The main Storrington Centre will still be available for community groups to book. 
  • Council and Committee meetings will relocate to the Storrington Centre starting in September.
  • There is no impact to the township’s Public Services department located at 2490 Keeley Road

Further, the township encouraged residents to refer to the township website for details on how to reach different township departments and staff members.

“We aren’t anticipating any issues as we transition to temporary office space this summer,” Fragnito concluded.

“During COVID, we successfully continued to serve residents, so it should be business as usual, but we are very excited to see work begin on the expansion.”

Leave a Reply

You cannot copy content from this page, please share the link instead!