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Social Services building expansion underway

Work has begun on the design of an expansion project for the Gloucester Department of Social Services building on Short Lane. The goal is to finalize plans for the project and be ready to receive construction bids by late August or early September.

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors had an update on the project during its July 3 meeting in the colonial courthouse.

According to Lindy Harper, interim engineering and environmental coordinator, the expansion plans as they stand now will fill open areas in the front and rear of the H-shaped structure. “There will also be some limited renovation to the existing building,” she said.

The two separate proposed additions would add 2,720 square feet at the front of the building and 2,200 square feet to the rear of the building, making for a total addition of 4,920 square feet, Harper said. The budget for the project is $1 million.

Harper said the building will remain in operation during construction. “So, close coord...

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