New Whiteland looking for new street garage

Daily Journal staff reports

New Whiteland is looking for a new home for its street department and is considering buying a building currently owned by a collision repair business.

The town is getting appraisals on a six-bay garage owned by Miners Collision Center, located just north of Tracy Road on U.S. 31. The company is not using the building and would be interested in selling the property, New Whiteland Town Council president John Perrin said.

“If the building at Miners would pan out, that’s a no-brainer. You already have a building there, and you don’t have to develop it,” Perrin said.

The current street department garage, on Ball Park Road, was damaged by floodwater and is too small to house all of the town’s equipment, Perrin said. Some equipment is stored at the wastewater treatment plant on Whiteland Road.

“A lot of that stuff sits out. We have to repair it more often than if we had to leave those inside,” Perrin said.

The town also could consider building a new facility by buying land near the wastewater treatment plant or near soccer fields on Tracy Road, Perrin said.

Council members are waiting for an appraisal for the garage owned by Miners before discussing the project further.

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