In that December presentation, it was projected that the Wolf and Bechtel building sales could generate about $2.8 million, which would be used toward relocation, interior improvements, furnishings and other costs to get the Emrick Boulevard facility up and running.
Relocating to a new centralized facility, Mohr said, will create “one stop shopping” for convenience of clients. The new building would have a more efficient layout with lower operational costs. The building would be surrounded by a large parking lot accommodating 256 vehicles, making it easier for residents to access than the Wolf and Bechtel facilities.
Stoffa has advised against the county building a new facility on its own, which could take 3-5 years to complete. He says there is a need to relocate employees much sooner than that, especially from the Wolf building.
Mohr noted that the Emrick Boulevard site provides a central, convenient location to county residents. The proposed three-story building site is located on a road that runs parallel to Route 33 between William Penn Highway and Freemansburg Avenue.
The project team unanimously selected the Emrick Boulevard site as the best option among 26 potential properties identified through the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Commission.