Oxford Borough's Aug. 20 meeting will include more parking garage discussions
● By Steven Hoffman
The proposed multimodal transportation center has dominated Oxford Borough Council meetings for much of the last two years. During the most recent lengthy discussion at a council meeting in July, it was decided that the Aug. 20 meeting would start early, at 6 p.m., to allow for a presentation about the current status of the project. Borough council members will also have the opportunity to make brief presentations if they choose to do so. The regular borough council meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
The borough received bids on the project in late June. The lowest eligible bid on the base project totaled about $7.3 million, and the borough could decide not to collect about $404,000 in building permit fees that had been factored into the base bid, so the actual costs of the project would be around $6.9 million.
The borough has a total of approximately $4,618,077 in funding already secured through state and county grants and a one-time gift fund that was established by an anonymous donor who contributed more than $1 million toward the costs of establishing a new borough administration building. The multimodal transportation center project also includes space for that new administration building. Overall, the funding secured for the project amounts to more than 60 percent of the project's total estimated costs. The borough is still in the process of obtaining additional funding.
The bids that the borough received must be approved within 90 days, which gives the borough a deadline of late September to decide whether to accept them or not. However, the borough could extend that deadline by an additional 30 days, which would move the deadline to October.
The Aug. 20 presentation is another opportunity for residents to ask questions or share their views about the multimodal transportation center project as the time for a decision draws closer.