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.
The $6.72 million spending plan for next year does not raised general fund taxes, and relies on the smallest amount taken in several years from township savings to balance its books.
To meet state requirements, Lower Pottsgrove is publicly reporting best- and worst-case scenarios for its proposed municipal campus bond sale valued at $9 million. It also says the money may cover more than just the $8.34 million construction cost.
An $8 million "municipal campus" that the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners has planned during the past two years will move ahead toward construction, its members decided in a 3-1 vote Thursday.