Board OKS con­tract for com­mu­nity cen­ter

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

All of the pieces are now in place for work to proFHHG Rn SODnnLnJ WhH finDO de­tails of Mont­gomery Town­ship’s planned Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

On April 22, the town­ship su­per­vi­sors voted to hLrH DrFhLWHFWurDO firP .LPmel Bo­grette to help round out the plan­ning team for the pro­posed cen­ter, af­ter one last round of con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“We were look­ing, as best we could, to curb costs where we could and re­duce the over­all cost of this pro­ject, so they were able to go back and sharpen their pen­cils and come back with about $85,000 in re­duc­tions,” said board chair­man goe Walsh.

Ear­lier in April the board vRWHG WR hLrH WhrHH firPs IRr the en­gi­neer­ing, land­scapLnJ DnG WrDI­fiF SODnnLnJ rHlated to the pro­posed cen­ter, which would be lo­cated at the cor­ner of Stump and Hor­sham Roads and could in­clude sports courts, gym fa­cil­i­ties, a walk­ing track and meet­ing rooms, among other pro­posed ameni­ties.

A sub­se­quent board vote ap­proved a con­tract for roughly $500,000 for the DrFhLWHFWurDO firP — whLFh pre­pared the orig­i­nal ren­der­ings and de­sign con­cepts for the cen­ter last year — WR OHDG WhH SrRMHFW “IrRP sWDrW WR finLsh: WhHy’rH JRing to de­sign the struc­ture, over­see the con­struc­tion process” and over­see the three other con­trac­tors through­out the con­struc­tion process, Walsh said.

De­tails of the con­tract DrH sWLOO EHLnJ finDOL]HG, DF­cord­ing to Town­ship Man­ager Lawrence Gre­gan, but the pro­posal sub­mit­ted by .LPPHO BRJrHWWH LnFOuGHs a to­tal of $455,000 in fees for ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign, en- gi­neer­ing and me­chan­i­cal work, with ad­di­tional cost es­ti­mates to­tal­ing $74,000 for var­i­ous con­sult­ing ser­vices that could be lower than es­ti­mates based on bids re­ceived.

.LPPHO BRJrHWWH WRSSHG all ap­pli­cants af­ter an RFP and in­ter­view process last year, and while a pro­ject WLPHOLnH Ls nRW finDOL]HG yHW, “they know we’re look­ing to move for­ward with this sooner rather than later” in or­der to take ad­van­tage of cur­rent mar­ket con­di­tions.

“A lot of this had to do wLWh WhH PDrNHW: wH DFquired the land at a bar­gain, we bor­rowed at the best in­ter­est rates and we’re hop­ing to get com­pet­i­tive bids in a mar­ket where it’s re­ally com­pet­i­tive for con­struc­tion com­pa­nies,” Walsh said.

7hH DrFhLWHFW’s finDO GHsLJn SrRFHss wLOO rHfinH the con­cepts pre­sented last year into hard plans based on feed­back from the board and pub­lic, with an eye on keep­ing the cen­ter’s an­nual op­er­at­ing costs roughly even with the rev­enue they’ll gen­er­ate for the town­ship.

“There are cer­tain things in [the plans] for the pur­pose of gen­er­at­ing some in­come, to off­set the op- er­at­ing costs to have the things there that we need as a town­ship,” Walsh said.

Gym space, sports courts and meet­ing rooms in the planned cen­ter will likely earn rev­enue from mem­ber­ship and rental fees, and .LPPHO BRJrHWWH wLOO EuLOG on its fea­si­bil­ity study presHnWHG ODsW yHDr WR flHsh RuW those de­tails.

“We want to get this to the point that it’s not an al­ba­tross for the town­ship for decades to come,” Walsh said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or meet­ing ma­te­ri­als, visit www. Mont­gomeryTwp.org or fol­low @Mon­tTwp on Twit­ter.

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