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Federal government soliciting bids for courthouse site work in Harrisburg

By , - Last modified: January 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The U.S. General Services Administration has advertised for proposals for demolition and lot consolidation for the planned federal courthouse in Midtown Harrisburg.

A notice seeking bids by Feb. 8 was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities page.

The northeast corner of Sixth and Reily streets was chosen in April 2010 after six years of political wrangling. Congress in 2004 allocated $26 million for site acquisition and design of the courthouse.

GSA spokeswoman Gina Blyther Gilliam said there is still no word on when Congress will allocate funds for the project to move forward with construction.

“It’s really just a matter of which Congress allocates the funds,” said H. Ralph Vartan, CEO of Vartan Group Inc., which opened the 1500 Condominium last year across the street.

Vartan said he has been told the project is at the top of the list and that it will happen.

The total project was previously slated to cost $144 million. It is unclear what construction might cost today, Gilliam said.

“Project construction costs are dependent on industry, inflation and the market,” she said.

GSA still is in the process of acquiring the properties needed for the courthouse, which is expected to be about 265,000 square feet. Gilliam previously said offers were being made to purchase 48 parcels.

The site work project includes consolidating lots on three existing city blocks into one new property bounded by Reily, Sixth, Boyd, Wallace, Harris and Seventh streets, according to the GSA.

The contract, which is expected to be awarded in the spring, is for four months. The estimated cost range of this project is between $250,000 and $500,000, according to the solicitation.


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