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PHILADELPHIA — Plans for a new village municipal building are moving forward, as the village authorized borrowing money to move forward with the project.

“It’s exciting in that we’re seeing some development in the village,” Mayor Matthew J. Montroy said. “Hopefully that ball will keep rolling.”

The village Board of Trustees last week approved issuing a bond of up to $1.25 million.

The plan calls for a two-story, 3,200-square-foot building to be constructed on parcels at 59 and 61 Main St. that the village purchased in late 2012 across the street from the municipal offices at 56 Main St.

Mr. Montroy said the new building would improve a portion of the downtown that in the past had been an “eyesore.”

“What we’re trying to do is open up Main Street,” Mr. Montroy said.

If the village can show that it is improving, “maybe businesses will want to check us out, relocate here,” he said.

The new building will house a conference room along with offices for clerks and police.

The project has been in the works for about four years, but initially had been shelved after an initial cost estimate of $2 million was considered too high. The price tag was reduced by eliminating space for the Department of Public Works.

Also making the project more affordable will be the village’s ability to sell its current site after moving to the new building.

A new location for the DPW still will have to be found, and Mr. Montroy said those discussions are in the early phases. Among the options the village may consider is a partnership with the town of Philadelphia.

Mr. Montroy said he hopes the contract for the work for the new municipal building will be put out for bid by spring.

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