A final land development plan for a new Pennsylvania State Police Carlisle headquarters in South Middleton Township was approved by township supervisors on Thursday night.
The headquarters will be built on a 4.73-acre lot on Dunwoody Drive just off Alexander Spring Road about a half mile away from the existing police barracks at 1538 Commerce Drive in the township. It will be midway between Exit 44/Allen Road and Exit 45/College Street off of I-81 and less than a mile from each exit.
Township supervisors said they’re elated that the barracks will remain in South Middleton.
“We’re so thrilled. It’s a very strategic location, close between those two (interstate) exits,” Supervisor Tom Faley said. “They are our police. Having them in our neighborhood gives them a faster response time. It’s a win-win. Our state police are very professional.”
Project engineer John Snyder said developers hope to start construction “as soon as possible.” Faley said that SP Carlisle Associates LLC of Dillsburg is developing the building. The state police will obtain the headquarters under lease.
Supervisor Ron Hamilton announced that the township is hosting a flagpole dedication and a reinstatement of a memorial for state Trooper Scott Ball at 1 p.m. on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, at Spring Meadows Park. Directing the event is township parks supervisor Kurt Uhler.
Master Sgt. Ball was one of the first Pennsylvania National Guardsmen killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2007, township officials said. His monument is being moved from another section of the park to a more prominent spot near the flagpole and state Route 174.
The ceremony also will include the raising of a flag donated for the new 70-foot flagpole by South Mountain American Legion Post #694. The overall project was arranged by Eagle Scout Matthew Otto.