Parking lot expansion project completed at Centre Crest

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Expansion at the parking lot behind Centre Crest is now complete. The project added 70 additional spaces to the facility.

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE — The landscape of Centre Crest has changed.

At Tuesday’s Centre County commissioners’ meeting, it was announced that the expansion of the parking lot at Centre Crest was recently completed by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. The completion of the project adds 70 additional spaces behind the facility.

“We’ve been reporting on this project for quite some time,” said county administrator Margaret Gray. “There were many weather delays. The work was done by Hawbaker and it is completed now.”

According to Gray, the parking lot was necessary for a number of reasons.

“This also involved some stormwater improvements. It’s not just a plain vanilla parking lot,” she said.

Previously, the Centre Crest parking lot could accommodate 142 vehicles. With the additional lot, the total climbs to 212.

Centre Crest, a 120,000 square foot nursing home facility, is owned by the county. It is currently leased by a non-profit entity. The facility will eventually be replaced by Centre Care, which will be located just off the Benner Pike in State College.

For now, though, approximately 230 residents stay at the Centre Crest facility.

“For the last two years, the county has worked on a project jointly with the Centre Crest folks to develop a parking lot in the back,” said Bob Jacobs, county deputy administrator.

He explained that there was inadequate parking at the facility in addition to the stormwater issues.

“This project solved two major issues. One, dealing with the shortage of parking and then dealing with the storm drainage issues that were affecting adjoining property owners,” Jacobs said.

According to Jacobs, homes along Wilson Street were being affected by the stormwater runoff.

“This project solved those problems,” Jacobs said. “Regardless of what happens with the Centre Crest facility, this parking was necessary for future activities.”

The project originally came in at a bid price of $424,000. However, the final amount, Jacobs said, should be around $374,000 — a savings of around $50,000.

“All around, it was a pretty good project,” Jacobs said.

Commissioner Michael Pipe said that the project was a win-win for all involved.

“It helps them out until they leave. Then once we need to utilize the facility for the next purpose, it will really be an asset to the facility,” Pipe said.

In other business, the commissioners moved several items to next week’s consent agenda:

∫ Agreement with Nuctech US Inc. for the purchase of a body inspection system to be used for non-contact head to toe inspections. This agreement includes the body inspection system, two-year warranty, transportation, insurance, installation, commissioning, training and technical support. The purchase price is $95,000 with an additional extended annual warranty for three years at a cost of $6,000 per year. The total cost is $113,000.

∫ Maintenance contract renewal with ESRI, Inc. to provide support and software updates. The contract total is $23,750 for the period of Aug. 22, 2019 through Aug 21, 2020.

∫ Contract renewal with Treatment Trends, Inc. to provide drug and alcohol services to include halfway house services and non-hospital detoxification rehabilitation. The contract total is $5,000, which is state funded for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

∫ Contract renewal with Pyramid Healthcare Inc. to provide drug and alcohol services to include non-hospital inpatient treatment and rehabilitation, impatient detox, halfway house services, outpatient services and partial hospitalization services. The contract total is $40,000, which is funded as follows: Federal $20,000 and State $20,000 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

∫ Contract renewal with Merakey Pennsylvania to provide mental health services that include family based and family support services (respite services). The contract total is $12,000, which is funded as follows: State $11,447 and county $553 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

∫ Contract renewal with J.S. Transport to provide emergency transportation services. The contract total is $25,000, which is funded as follows: State $23,848 and county $1,152 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

∫ Addendum No. 1 with Beacon Light Behavioral Health System to provide funds for additional mental health mobile medication management services in the amount of $33,000. This increase the contract total from $35,000 to $68,000, which is funded as follows: State $64,865 and County $3,135 for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The commissioners will meet next at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.

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