Bids Available for Start of Orange County Government Center Project - Daily Hudson Valley News

Bids Available for Start of Orange County Government Center Project

Jan 24th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article

Orange County officials announced that prospective contractors can now pick up bid-specifications packages to bid on building and site-preparation work for renovations to the Government Center. The bid packages are the first step of an approved restoration plan for the Government Center complex which has been closed since September 2011.

Bid specifications can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, located at 2455-2459 Route 17M in Goshen. Building and site-preparation work bids will be opened and read aloud on February 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at the Emergency Services Center auditorium, located at 22 Wells Farms Road in Goshen. Individuals who wish to request a copy of the bid package are required to leave a $100 deposit representing the cost of reproducing the plans. Bidders may purchase up to three sets of plans, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The county Government Center has sat dormant on key property in the heart of Goshen for more than three years. Throughout my first year in office, I worked closely with the architectural firm selected by my predecessor and the county legislature to advance this project to the point where it is today,” said County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

The county legislature, as part of its due diligence, had asked for offers to purchase the Government Center complex. Two offers were made, one of which would have cost taxpayers more and another which was opposed by the Village of Goshen, whose approval is essential for the offer to be implemented. County Executive Neuhaus, with support from legislative leaders, vetoed the  proposed sale of the Government Center and continued with the already approved building project.

Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey said, “This has been a long time coming and we applaud County Executive Neuhaus, Chairman Brescia, and others who have helped move this project forward. We in Goshen are pleased to finally see progress after all these years and look forward to having the project under construction soon.”

Legislature Chairman Steve Brescia said, “Moving the Government Center project forward is something which I support. Broad agreement was reached with the legislature on this plan and I am opposed to efforts to derail it. I am not supportive of overriding the county executive’s veto of the proposed law to sell the Government Center. This will move us backwards, not forward. We cannot risk the Office of Court Administration sanctioning the county or otherwise tying up this property with potential private-sector development that could take years to approve in the Village of Goshen – if ever. This site was selected as the county Government Center; a project was approved; and the funding is in place. I hope bidders, particularly local bidders, pick up the bid package and seek this important county contract.”

“I express excitement and pleasure that we are finally moving forward with the hope that we are on time and under budget with the project,” said Minority Leader Chris Eachus (District 15).

Orange County Physical Services Committee Chairwoman Katie Bonelli (District 5) said, “This has been years in the making. My colleagues and I undertook a long process of regulatory approvals in order to create a plan that would result in a central location serving all the people of Orange County. Now, local workers can be on the job within two months, moving the Government Center project forward without further delay.”

“The Village of Goshen has suffered too long as this issue has been debated and delayed. We have a path forward that can bring business back to Goshen without delay. I am pleased we are proceeding with the plan to return the Orange County Government Center to the center of the village,” said Legislator Shannon Wong (District 21, Town and Village of Goshen).

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