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Attorney buys Bethlehem office building for nearly $1.6M

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Contributed photo of Martin J. Bechtel building in Bethlehem.
Contributed photo of Martin J. Bechtel building in Bethlehem.

Northampton County has reached an agreement to sell its Martin J. Bechtel building in Bethlehem.

The building at 520 E. Broad St. was sold for $1.575 million to attorney Justin K. McCarthy. The sale included a 28,088-square-foot office building and 2.12 acres of land.

The county bought the property for $763,000 in 1993. The administration had been hoping to sell the property for $1.95 million.

McCarthy will relocate his law office to the building, while other professionals, including T.J. McHale & Co. Inc. Insurance Agency and Michael W. LaPorta Insurance, also will move to the building. The remaining space will be leased to other tenants.

The Bechtel Building serves as offices for Northampton County government, including human services, drug and alcohol, early intervention and juvenile probation. Those offices – along with other human services offices in the Wolf Building in Easton – will move to a new centralized, 66,000-square-foot facility under construction in Bethlehem Township.

The Wolf Building was sold by the county to a development group in May for $1.9 million.

The full county government transition is expected to occur by March 31. Prior to the final move, McCarthy will be leasing space back to the county for the office space it will be using.

Revenue from the sale will be reinvested into the new human services facility.

The sale still needs approval from Northampton County Council.

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