Friday, March 22, 2013
Officials praise $26 million office/transportation project on S. Third Street.
With the earth still frozen and site preparation delayed by 45 days, Friday's groundbreaking for Easton's new intermodal center—home to the next city hall —was largely symbolic. There were speeches, a lot of thank yous, and about 20 city and state officials lined up with shiny shovels, digging in pre-dug dirt. Still, those officials said the intermodal is an important symbol: of Easton's revitalization and of cooperation among government agencies and mayoral administrations. "It was a puzzle," City Councilman Ken Brown said of the project, which has existed in some form for 12 years. "And as each mayor left office, the next one had to pick it up and make sure the pieces fit." Now, with construction set to begin, Brown said those pieces not…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
City council voted Wednesday to move out of the Alpha Building and into the intermodal.
Within three years, Easton's city goverment will have a new home. City Council voted Wednesday to look for buyers for the Alpha Building—its home since 1996—and move to the new $26 million intermodal center "We’ve done very well here in the Alpha building, but I think it’s time to move on," said Councilman Jeffrey Warren. Moving to the intermodal will accomplish several things, said Gretchen Longenbach, Easton's director of community and economic development. It puts an "impressive, attractive" building at the city's "gateway," removes a gap in the downtown, and generates income from the sale of the building and the other tenants of the intermodal, she said. And Mayor Sal Panto argued the new building will give city goverment a better …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Construction on building that could someday be Easton's city hall scheduled for later this month.
Thursday, March 7
Easton will break ground later this month on the building that could someday be its new city hall. Mayor Sal Panto announced Thursday that construction of the Easton intermodal unit will begin with a groundbreaking the third week of this month, with officials expecting the project to wrap up by 2015, according to the Express-Times. Panto has said he hopes to move the city's offices from the Alpha Building on S. Third Street to the intermodal -- a $26 million project that will include a three-story structure and a new city parking deck. The city is paying for the project with state and federal grant money, as well as a $10 million bond. In addition to city offices, the intermodal building would also house a LANTA bus terminal, the National…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Mayor Sal Panto says Easton's city offices should be inside new intermodal building.
Easton Mayor Sal Panto wants to move the city government offices out of the Alpha Building and into the new intermodal unit on S. Third Street. Panto made that announcement Monday afternoon, saying he will take the plan before City Council Wednesday evening. The mayor said the city would sell the Alpha Building and try to move into the intermodal -- a $26 million project that will include a three-story structure and a new city parking deck -- by the first part of 2015. "Downtown is really the place for City Hall, there’s no doubt about that," Panto told reporters at a news conference at City Hall. "Whether it needs to be right on the circle in the most prominent building in the city, I don’t think so." Panto said the city is having the …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Some audio and video equipment still needs to be installed, but otherwise Easton City Council's new space is complete.
After two years of holding Easton city council meetings in the mayor's conference room, the council convened for the first time Wednesday evening in its new chambers. Joined by a number of invited former city council members, two former mayors and several past city administrators, after a brief council session, the group reminisced about days past and memorable occasions during their times in office. The earlier portion of the meeting was marked by audio and microphone difficulties, but the problems were largely ironed out by mid-meeting. Mayor Sal Panto noted the audio system is still awaiting a monitor, and video monitors will also be added to the room, making the viewing of plans and presentations easy for both the council and the …