New Municipal Building

New Municipal Building
Posted on 05/03/2019
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TOWNSHIP AWARDS CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS FOR NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING

During a public meeting on May 2, the Board of Commissioners approved a number of construction contracts for a new municipal building. The project was competitively bid with numerous contractors submitting proposals. Contracts were awarded to the lowest responsible bidders. The total base bid construction cost is $7,652,259. That amount is lower than original construction estimates developed by the architect. Construction is expected to commence in June and be completed within approximately 12 months. The project site is located at 209 S. Sporting Hill Road across the street from the existing municipal building.

Before proceeding with the design and bid process for a new building, the Board of Commissioners retained a professional consultant to do an independent, comprehensive, study and evaluation of the existing municipal building. The consultant concluded that the existing Municipal Building and site cannot accommodate the needs of Hampden Township now, much less into the future, with respect to required parking, along with office and meeting space for personnel. In addition, the current building would require updating of power capacity, technology, security, HVAC, and other deficiencies which could not reasonably or cost effectively be accomplished.

The new Municipal Building will provide functional office and meeting space for the following departments: Administration, Community Development, Finance/Utility Billing, Public Works administrative staff and the Police Department. It will also provide meeting space for the Board of Commissioners and other boards, commissions and authorities to conduct business and hold public meetings as well as for Hampden Township’s elected Tax Collector and the Capital Region Council of Governments (under a long-term lease with the Township).

Financing for the project will be accomplished by payments from Capital Improvement Funds and a Bond Issuance. The Board of Commissioners intends to sell the existing municipal building property once the new building is occupied. Debt service assumptions on the construction of the new building are favorable, so there will be no real estate tax increase needed to fund the project.

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