The cost for Northampton County to build would be approximately the same as theLease / Purchase arrangement if purchase is executed after 5
year.The LEASE / PURCHASE could be built in a year. The Northampton County BUILDscenario would take 2½ - 3 years to accomplish (at minimum).The BUILD scenario requires time and resources not currently available without useof outside consultants (e.g. Project Manager, Civil Engineer, Architect, MechanicalEngineer, Construction Manager, etc.). The LEASE / PURCHASE scenario can beaccomplished primarily with existing County resources.The BUILD scenario would require Northampton County to float $21.3M worth of bonds. The LEASE / PURCHASE scenario does not.The LEASE / PURCHASE scenario allows Northampton County to purchase the facilityevery 5 years, should it be of benefit to the County.Northampton County has not had a very good record of building new facilities (e.g.Courthouse Addition, etc.)
How much more does the consolidated facility at 2801 Emrick Blvd. cost NorthamptonCounty compared to current costs and projected improvements to Bechtel & Wolf Buildings?
While you can never know for sure the exact operating costs of a proposed large facilityuntil complete, our Initial comparison of the Department of Human Services operatingbudget for facilities indicate that the new facility will not cost significantly more, orsignificantly less than currently being spent on the existing facilities for the DHS. Thatmay be about $160K-$300K or about 0.12% - 0.23% of the total $130M, 2012 DHSOperations Budget (not including Gracedale)
Why not locate a consolidated DHS Building at Gracedale instead of 2801 EmrickBoulevard?
Gracedale is not conveniently located near the population centers of NorthamptonCounty. As demonstrated by the matrix below, it would take about 10 minutes longerto reach Gracedale vs. Emrick Boulevard site from Bethlehem, Easton & Hellertown. It