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Brentwood seeks construction manager; weighs pool options

| Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 12:12 p.m.
Brentwood Borough officials are once again considering the former Snee Dairy property at 3735 Brownsville Road to construct a new municipal building.
Jim Spezialetti | Tribune-Review
Brentwood Borough officials are once again considering the former Snee Dairy property at 3735 Brownsville Road to construct a new municipal building.

Brentwood Borough officials are looking for a construction manager for the proposed municipal building that leaders want to construct on the site of the former Snee Dairy.

The current building dates back to 1915, the year Brentwood became a municipality. The building, a gift from Baldwin Borough, is no longer energy efficient and is in need of repairs.

The borough will hold a mandatory pre-submission conference at 2 p.m. June 7. Sealed proposals are due 10 a.m. June 20. Council will then conduct formal interviews with a short list of applicants July 9.

The project, estimated to cost $6.5 million, is slated for completion sometime next year. The municipality will then put its current building up for sale. There have been discussions by potential developers about transforming the first floor into retail space and using the upper level for residential, borough leaders have said.

Council is considering two building options for the Snee site: construct a one-floor, 13,500-square-foot building that would house the police, administration, council chambers and a community room. The second option would be to construct a similar-size building, with two floors. The same departments would be in that building.

Brentwood Pool

On another potential municipal construction project, council changed the date of its community meeting on the Brentwood pool to 7 p.m. June 27 in the municipal building.

Council is looking at two options for the 50-year-old swimming pool. One option is to make needed repairs to the pool, which needs a myriad of upgrades including a new liner to prevent leaks. Plus, the pool needs new piping and concrete decking repair. The bath house has structural issues and needs to be replaced, borough leaders have said.

Also, new code requirements require the baby pool to have its own filtration system, which would include additional piping and a new filter room.

The price tag of the repairs needed at the swimming pool have led to discussions about turning the space into an amphitheater and community area at half of the cost. The borough also loses around $60,000 a year on the pool.

Because of the repair costs involved, council also is looking at filling in the pool and transforming it into community space.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com, 412-627-9423, or via Twitter at @41Suzanne.

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