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Source: Springfield Sun
Date: August 13, 2008
Byline: Nick Malinowski

Montgomery Newspapers - Board approves contracts for Black Horse

The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved two bids totaling $130,490 for "phase 2A" of the Black Horse Inn renovations.

The scope of the phase 2A covers interior renovations of the building including demolition and structural stabilization, structural framing, floor replacement, the installation of building electrical systems and limited exterior work for the utilities, according to a memo from Township Manager Don Berger presented to the board.

The project is divided into three prime contracts: general construction, electrical construction and mechanical construction.

Kelly Builders, of Oaks, was awarded a $94,500 contract for general construction, and L J McConnell of Chester Township was awarded a $35,990 contract for electrical construction.

A $74,400 bid for mechanical construction was not approved by the board. Commissioner Alison Peirce, who made the motion to deny the bid, said it would raise the cost beyond the $170,000 construction budget, which also includes $15,000 for architect fees.

Of the $170,000 construction budget, $85,000 is a grant from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, $35,000 is a match from the Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike and the Springfield Township Historical Society and $50,000 will be fronted by the township, which plans to be reimbursed following the building's occupancy.

"The Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee reviewed the bids and recommended that the Board of Commissioners consider awarding the entire project valued at $204,890," Berger said. "As the township manager, I do not recommend advancing the additional $49,890 [because] the township is already advancing the $50,000 match that was not specifically appropriated for this project, and the additional funds do not get the building any closer to occupancy."

Berger recommended that the $24,510 remaining from the $170,000 budget for the project be used for whatever mechanical improvements it amount pay for, and that the rest of the mechanical improvements be completed once funding is in place.