County seeks to sell office building for nearly $2M

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Northampton County will be selling its human services building at 520 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem. The city said it hopes to find a developer willing to purchase the building for around $1.95 million, while offering up the best redevelopment plan for the community.

At slightly over two acres, the facility, known as the Martin Bechtel Building, has 29,000 square feet of office space, and approximately 95 parking spaces.

"Downtown Bethlehem is undergoing a wonderful renaissance," said Ken Mohr, president of Mohr Management Resources of Coopersburg, who is helping to facilitate the sale. "This building's right on the edge of the business district."

While a developer could use the property for office space, it could also be open to other uses.

"There's a low vacancy rate for office buildings, particularly in Northampton County," Mohr said. "There's just not a large amount of available office space in the 25,000 square foot to 60,000 square foot range."

Northampton County is in the process of relocating all human services functions into a new centralized facility in Bethlehem Township, with plans to be completely moved in by March 2014.

The county already has its Easton Human Services facility, the Wolf Building, under agreement for sale.

The county will offer a tour of the 520 East Broad St. facility for prospective buyers May 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Buyers are required to submit their proposal no later than 4 p.m., June 3.

Requests for proposal, or other information regarding the sale, can be obtained online at http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/lib/northampton/depts/administration/B_RFP.pdf

Mohr said the plan is to have the new facility available for a closing of the sale by the end of December or March 2014.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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