GROVE CITY – Plans are moving forward for a new water treatment plant in Grove City.

Dan Goncz, the borough’s engineer, gave a project update at Monday night’s council meeting, noting that preliminary designs are in the works.

The borough is eyeing a spot toward the back of Grove City Memorial Park near the Girl Scout lodge.

Grove City’s water is currently treated at two buildings – one at Harvard and Park streets, and a smaller structure at the park next to the high school.

A new plant would replace both buildings and cost $9.5 million. Council members in February approved a $1.5 million bond issue to help cover the design phase; some of that money is also funding new water lines on South Center and South Liberty streets.

The subsurface soil will be investigated, the technical specifications will be outlined, and the site and floor plans for the building will be drawn up, Goncz said.

Those things are needed in order for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to review the project, he said.

There will be two architectural renderings for the treatment plant building. One is a “typical” design for a water treatment plant, and the other would look similar to the lodge – if that building remains.

He noted that the plant could possibly be located at the lodge or adjacent to it.

The project will also include a preliminary opinion of the probable cost, and a user fee analysis rated to utility rates. Funding sources also have to be determined.

The preliminary designs will take about six months to complete, and the cost is estimated at $99,930. Council members agreed to go ahead with the design phase.

The new plant will be ready to go by 2024, Goncz said at a previous meeting.

The lodge itself hasn’t been used for about 10 years; it’s fallen into disrepair and needs some work if it’s to be used again, Borough Manager Vance Oakes said after Monday’s meeting.

The borough has put on a new roof and new siding, but the building isn’t insulated, the fireplace and furnace don’t work, and the restrooms don’t meet handicap-accessibility requirements.