Sewage treat­ment plant slated for de­mo­li­tion

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Natalya Bu­cuy

BRISTOi - A closed sewage treat­ment plant in Bris­tol Town­ship will soon be turned back into nat­u­ral open space.

The Bucks County Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the de­mo­li­tion of the fa­cil­ity, lo­cated at 3097 New­portville Road in Bris­tol, at the in­ter­sec­tion of New­portville and cord roads, at the Dec. 5 com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing.

Gen­eral ser­vices project man­ager Kevin Spencer said that since the prop­erty came into county’s pos­ses­sion in 2002 from the calls Town­ship Mu­nic­i­pal Author­ity, it’s been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and has be­come a li­a­bil­ity is­sue.

“We have sev­eral safety con­cerns with the prop­erty,” Spencer said. “[Con­sid­er­ing] the con­di­tion that it’s in we rec­om­mend mov­ing for­ward with the de­mo­li­tion.”

The $493,620 de­mo­li­tion project in­cludes raz­ing sev­eral large struc­tures on the prop­erty, in­clud­ing the main build­ing, water hold­ing tanks, a fence that sur­rounds the prop­erty and an old green­house.

Spencer said $316,000 would go to­ward gen­eral de­mo­li­tion, $140,000 to­ward en­vi­ron­men­tal re­cov­ery of the prop­erty and $30,000 to­ward toxic ma­te­rial re­moval.

The com­mis­sion­ers awarded the de­mo­li­tion con­tract, which was put out for bid last month, to Gep­pert Bros., Inc. of Col­mar. Spencer said that the com­pany might sub­con­tract parts of the project.

Af­ter the de­mo­li­tion project is com­pleted, the area will be nat­u­ral­ized and passed on to open space preser­va­tion, Spencer said.

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