Council approves $10.5 million bid for borough hall, offices
CONSHOHOCKEN — Council approved the apparently low bid of $10.5 million to construct the Conshohocken Borough Hall and police station and retail spaces in the former Verizon building Wednesday night, contingent on a favorable review of the contrac- tor’s qualifications by the borough engineer.
Borough Engineer Paul Hughes said he will review TN Ward Co. of Lower Merion, and the contract can be signed after Sept. 15.
Hughes opened the $10,497,600 electronic bid from TN Ward Friday, along with nine alternate bid options to give council leeway to trim the ultimate
cost of the project. Allied Construction Services of Philadelphia bid $10,583,439, and Murphy Quigley Co. Inc. of Lower Merion bid $12,976,000 for the general contract.
Hughes recommended authorizing an intent to award the base bid and five alternate bid items with a total cost of $10,709,600onWednesday night.
Hughes also recommended eliminating a $713,000 alternate for a second entrance on Fourth Avenue that would have included site work, structures, stairs, exterior envelope, interior re-configuration and all associated mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection elements.
The alternate bids to be awarded include a vegetative tray system on the main roof for $103,500; a roof screen for the rooftop mechanical systems for $46,500; a six-panel, closed-loop solar hotwater array for a $38,500; an upgrade in the rubber roof thickness from 0.06 inch to 0.09 inch for $13,500; and a ground face cement block rather than split face for $10,000.
Hughes will have five days to do a contractor responsibility review. There will be a five-day period for public review of the bid award. Because the end of the 10-day period lands on a Sunday, the next business day, Sept. 15, is the first date when a construction contract can be signed, Hughes said.
Councilman Matt Ryan asked Borough Manager Richard Manfredi to ask Keystone Property Group officials to make a presentation on how the retail and office spaces will be marketed to the commercial community.
In other business, council heard a proposal from an Upper Merion developer to accept either a $1.2 million payment to settle an ongoing lawsuit against Conshohocken or the construction of a waterfront open space, restrooms and underground stormwater facilities at a proposed 598-unit apartment complex in four buildings.
Attorney Edmund Campbell, representing O’Neill Properties Group (OPG), said the developer was proposing a compromise to the developer’s lawsuit against Conshohocken officials to allow construction of 619 apartments in four buildings at 401 Washington Ave.
Brian O’Neill, president of OPG, said his company would build a service building with restrooms and a second, connected building on the Schuylkill River bank to create “an activated waterfront.”
“We tried to tie this to an alternative $1.2 million payment to Conshohocken as a settlement with the borough,” O’Neill said. “We would like you to agree to negotiate a final agreement.”
O’Neill said his proposal would reduce future traffic in the waterfront area compared to his previous proposal.
“We would like you to offer to make a settlement,” he said.
O’Neill said the new proposal had 598 apartment units in four buildings.
Solicitor Michael SavonasaidConshohocken officials would need to meet with Whitemarsh officials to discuss how to handle the continuation of Washington Avenue. O’Neill and Conshohocken officials would like to widen Washington Avenue in front of the David’s Bridal building.
“There are access easements from two property owners on those road areas,” O’Neill said.
“We won’t make a decision tonight. But you should finish your presentation,” council Vice President James Griffin said,
Zoning Officer Christine Stetler said the current plans have not been reviewed or distributed to the planning commission members.
“The rain gardens are so huge that the recreational space is almost unusable. This plan has not been reviewed by the Montgomery County Planning Commission,” Stetler said. “This landed literally on the chair on my office yesterday afternoon.”
Savona said that the plan sets have been revised several times.
O’Neill said council had given one apartment plan with 619 apartment units a preliminary approval about one year ago.
Ryan said he valued the proposed open space on the river bank.
Council had to decide by Sept. 31 whether to approve one set of plans or settle the developer’s lawsuit, Savona said.
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Simmons gave the officer a license which he said looked like it had been “fraudulently offered,” according to the affidavit.
Among the problems Crawford allegedly found with the license included no holographic overlay, distorted writing and photo, and a Pennsylvania state graphic “in the lower right corner appear(ed) to have been colored with a blue marker.”
There was also no license class, restrictions or endorsements on the license, police said.
Simmons was arrested on several misdemeanors including exhibiting a fake ID, tampering with public records, unsworn falsification to a police officer, possessing an instrument of crime and using or possessing a fake ID. He was also charged with failure to stop at a red signal, driving without a license and driving while his license has been suspended or revoked, all summary charges.
A search of court records indicated Simmons has been cited twice already this year for driving without a license. He also has several traffic offenses listed to his name dating back to 2009, most involving driving without a license.
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