Hance Construction Project Helps Reclaim Dormant Industrial Site

SPARTA, N.J. (February 4, 2012) – Hance Construction has completed construction and renovation of Phase 1 of the New Station Park Recreation Complex, a 12,150-square-foot, multi-building facility located at 38 Station Road adjacent to the historic Sparta Train Station. The Sparta Police Athletic League has signed a long-term lease with property owner Dermody Associates, Inc. for two of the spaces in the four-structure, 10-acre complex, a former industrial site that had been dormant for over 20 years.

“We are excited that this property has been reclaimed for use by the community,” said Bill Dermody, a Sparta native who manages multiple properties owned by the Dermody family. “Hance Construction did an outstanding job working with us to adjust initial plans for the property and manage development issues. We place very high standards on all the properties we own in Sparta because of our multi-generation history in the community and Hance Construction really was key to maintaining that development integrity at the historic Station Road property.”

The New Station Park Recreation Complex features two new Butler Manufacturing™metal buildings and two renovated buildings with Butler walls and roofs as well as The Simple Saver System, an insulation product that can reduce energy costs by as much as 50 percent during a building’s lifetime. Original plans called for just one new structure, but the project had to be adjusted because of the poor condition of one of the original structures columns and footings.

“We worked with the Dermody team to make sure the facility met their needs and the end result is a highly sustainable, environment-friendly facility,” said Art Hance, President of Hance Construction. “The Station Road project is a good example of the fact that metal roofs and walls offer an unbeatable level of environmental performance and aesthetic appeal. Metal buildings today are sustainable, have low impact on the environment, reduce solid waste in construction, help reduce energy usage in all climates, and improve the air quality and water efficiency in buildings and their surroundings.”

The Sparta PAL has leased the two new buildings, which are connected and total 6,950-square feet. One building features an indoor basketball facility and the second provides office and meeting space, both with grand ceiling height. The remaining two buildings are available for lease with one building connected to the basketball facility and the second freestanding.

The building connected to the basketball center offers 2,300-square-feet of raw space with cathedral ceilings, an industrial overhead door as well as completed bathroom and shower facilities. The freestanding structure offers 2,900-square-feet of raw space on two floors with modern bathrooms. The property also provides over 100 parking spaces and all utilities will eventually be underground.

For many years, the Dermody family maintained an office space adjacent to the property and the Sparta Train Station, which dates back to the 1880s. The family wanted to restore the area and protect the original train station building. The original train station building is available for lease, offering 1,100-square-feet of space with all the modern amenities for an office, shop or small restaurant right in Sparta Town Center. All of the available Dermody properties can be viewed atwww.spartabusinesscenter.com.

“We love Sparta and when we bought the property three years ago we didn’t want to see the train station torn down,” said Dermody. “It’s one of the last stations standing in Sussex County of the 15 built by the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad. Trains in the station at one time brought the mail, served the local farms and brought in tourists. It’s an interesting history that we hope someone will admire and find the station’s cathedral ceilings and open floor plan a great place to do business.”