Township Again Sends Municipal Campus Out to Bid

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Bethlehem PA-based Architect Alloy 5 received a unanimous go-ahead vote Thursday (Nov. 4, 2021) from Lower Pottsgrove’s Board of Commissioners to again place the proposed township municipal campus project out to bid. Action to build the combined administrative and police offices at East High Street and South Pleasant View Road was delayed in August, when initial bids were rejected.

The unexpected halt, which occurred when the selected general contractor did not offer proof of bonding, may have nonetheless been beneficial, Commissioner Ray Lopez said.

The project remains under review by the board’s Infrastructure Committee, but has already been reconfigured to a somewhat smaller size and potentially somewhat lighter cost, Lopez told his board colleagues. He also suggested that, with new police Chief Rick Bell at work, he may have new input and comments to offer the committee.

“We’re hoping we can save taxpayers some money,” he replied to a question about building square footage posed by Commissioner Michael McGroarty. By just how much of either wasn’t revealed.

Costs will depend on bidder responses. When initial bids were received, the construction cost of the building alone represented $7.51 million. That sum doesn’t include the additional expenses of real estate acquisitions, building demolitions, already incurred legal and financial fees, and financing.

Lopez, who has taken the lead in reporting for the board on most campus-related matters, announced the committee had already set a prospective timeline for the campus’ progress.

Plans call for bid advertisements to begin publication Friday (Nov. 12). They will be followed by a pre-bid meeting Dec. 1, receipt of bids by Jan. 14 (2022), awarding bids during February, and a potential ground-breaking during March. The campus should take slightly more than a year to build once authorized, Lopez indicated. He’s looking toward an April 2023 completion date.

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