A Lower Pottsgrove commissioners' committee continues to review plans for construction of its proposed municipal campus, two months after forcing the project to a halt. It's looking to reduce costs.
The general contractor selected to lead construction of Lower Pottsgrove's offices and police station did not produce a bond ensuring the work's completion. The township has rescinded all its bid awards.
In a 4-1 vote Monday, Lower Pottsgrove commissioners approved four bids for construction of the township municipal campus at East High Street and South Pleasant View Road. They totaled $7,514,031.
Bethlehem PA-based Alloy 5, the architectural firm designing Lower Pottsgrove's proposed municipal campus, returns Monday night to talk with township commissioners about over-budget bids.
With all lowest construction bids and soft costs, according to Lower Pottsgrove's architect, its proposed municipal campus cost now exceeds $8.6 million. Cuts remain available. Township commissioners have not accepted any bids yet.
Lower Pottsgrove officials met Wednesday with prospective contractors to talk about the township municipal campus project ahead of bid submissions. The session apparently didn't go quite as expected.
Both the township solicitor and manager expressed concerns Monday to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners that bid documents were still being awaited for its proposed municipal campus project.
Drawing are being finalized. Work to obtain funding is in place. Bid advertisements might go out in February. With odds in its favor, the township hopes a notice to proceed with its municipal campus could be issued in late April.