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With Easton’s new police station finished, NCC looks to occupy former site

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(Courtesy of Alloy5 Architecture)
Alloy5 Architecture of Bethlehem designed Easton’s new police station.
(Courtesy of Alloy5 Architecture) Alloy5 Architecture of Bethlehem designed Easton’s new police station.

Easton’s new police station is completed and the entire department is fully moved in.

The project, developed by Ashley Development of Bethlehem, is adjacent to the Easton Charter School for the Arts on North Fourth Street, also developed by Ashley.

The department’s former home at Third and Pine streets, which is connected to a parking garage, will be occupied by Northampton Community College.

Easton Mayor Sal Panto said NCC is moving into the former station until the parking garage is demolished to make way for a new mixed-use parking deck, which could happen in about three years.

By January, NCC is hoping to have an information area established for its Easton Educational Outreach Center, said Katherine Noll, NCC spokeswoman.

Noll said the center would not occupy a permanent space and the city is offering NCC the space rent free with that understanding. This opportunity gives NCC the chance to establish a presence in Easton and connect with residents and local businesses.

Over time, NCC may look toward establishing a permanent space in downtown Easton, she said.

The site, at 25 S. Third St., will offer specific job-training skills, Noll said.

By spring, NCC plans to offer noncredit offerings including computer classes, nurse aide, home health aide, first aid, CPR, medical secretary and cooking classes. In addition, youth programming and summer camp programs are planned.

Noll said NCC chose the location for a new campus for several reasons.

“It’s got a great history; it’s a city in the middle of a great renaissance,” Noll said.

NCC’s center also could become a point of entry for residents and businesses to see what the college offers, she added.

The center will be 8,500 square feet and require painting, cleaning and furnishing installations before opening, she said.

NEW EASTON POLICE STATION

Longview Construction of Reading built the $7.4 million police station, a project that had setbacks. During construction in the summer, sparks from acetylene torches caused sparks to light a portion of the roof on fire, while the ground had subsurface challenges, said Lou Pektor, president of Ashley Development.

“It’s certainly unique in that it’s a totally integrated police department, it’s a totally integrated facility,” Pektor said. “There was an awful lot of design put into it. This was really well-designed.”

Alloy5 Architecture of Bethlehem was the architect. The police department was actively involved in the design, he added.

The new station has 63 officers and 15 civilian workers. The building is about 30,000 square feet and includes a sally port or controlled entryway, shooting range, four jail cells of different sizes, interview rooms, conference rooms, locker rooms, a training room and offices.

Merchants Bank, which has an office in downtown Easton, financed the project.

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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. 4108. 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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