Orleans will accept bids for first phase of expansion at county office building

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2017 at 10:58 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature next week is expected to accept bids for the first phase of an expansion project at the County Administration Building.

Bids for the installation of new concrete sidewalks, ramps and concrete curbing are due on Friday.

The Legislature meets next Wednesday and is expected to approve the contractor for the site improvements. The work is expected to start Oct. 30 and be complete by Dec. 29.

The county is moving forward with a $10 million addition on the County Administration Building, an office building on Route 31 behind the nursing home.

The County Legislature last month approved a resolution authorizing construction of the addition, which would be about 22,000 square feet. Construction of the addition is expected to start in March 2018, with the project complete in September 2019.

The Legislature last month authorized a bond at a maximum $10,063,881. It will be paid back over 25 years.

The county is pursuing the addition so it will have county-owned space for the public health department and Board of Elections. The Department of Social Services might also be relocated to the new space.

Public health and the Board of Elections use facilities that are owned by Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC. Comprehensive acquired the nursing home and the neighboring public health building as part of the $7.8 million acquisition on Jan.1, 2015.

The county also has already been approved for a $3,682,748 grant towards the project and could receive more assistance. The county also has applied for a grant through State Sen. Robert Ortt’s office to help with the project.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in July that Orleans County would receive a $3,682,748 grant to “protect and transform” healthcare in Orleans County.

The funding would support primary care staff from Oak Orchard Health to work out of the county mental health department. The bulk of the funding would go towards an addition on the County Administration Building for the Health Department.

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