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Doylestown to seek bids on municipal building project


Doylestown Borough officials on Monday approved advertising requests for proposals for the long-awaited redevelopment of the former PennDOT site on North Broad Street.

Phil Ehlinger, the borough’s deputy manager, said the RFP is expected to be advertised June 1, with bid openings on July 1.

“We’re hopeful the timing is such that, with the weakened economy, this shovel-ready project will be very desirable to contractors and we should get very competitive bids.”

The bids’ specifications and detailed plans for the multimillion project are “being polished up,” said Ehlinger.

The former PennDOT maintenance yard that once housed the transportation agency’s offices and garage will be repurposed into Doylestown’s administrative offices and the hea

Chalfont and New Britain Borough, which also comprise the regional police department, authorized advertising RFPs earlier this month.

Earlier this year, Doylestown signed a 99-year lease with the Heritage Conservancy to develop plans for the adjacent 3.5-acre passive park area and the nearly 3-acre lot that holds the old PennDOT building. Doylestown paid the Conservancy $900,000 for the leased property and will make four annual payments of $150,000 to fulfill its agreement, said Ehlinger, in an earlier story.

Work on the park is underway.