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City Council gets a peek at new City Hall building in Easton

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 26 2014 11:50:34 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 27 2014 08:44:43 AM CST

Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. looks at a model showing a portion of the proposed $32 million City Hall, parking deck, transportation center Wednesday night while Joseph N. Biondo of Spillman Farmer Architects gives an overview of the project. The parking deck is now under construction.

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Easton City Council got a close-up view Wednesday night of the new $32 million City Hall and transportation center/parking lot and listened to promises from the architect that the structure will have a “tremendous daytime and nighttime presence.”

The new three-story building on S. Third Street will have security features that include bullet-proof glass in the finance department and building-wide security doors that will require the public to be either buzzed in or checked in from the public lobby.

The building, designed by Spillman Farmer Architects of Bethlehem, will be clad in large windows, allowing a lot of light in, said Joseph N. Biondo, one of the firm’s principals. All the windows will have solar shades to keep the building cool in the summer, he said.

The new building will be divided into four compartments. The administrative wing, which will include the mayor’s suite, City Council offices and City Council public meeting rooms, will be on the third floor.

The way the offices are currently configured, City Council offices are not directly connected to the other offices on that floor.

Councilwoman Elinor Warner thought that was disconcerting.

Warner said the arrangement left her thinking, “Council offices were like a closet.”

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said he had no problem installing a door to connect the offices to other offices on the floor.

The new city hall building will replace the Alpha Building which housed city hall for 17 years.

The city sold the building at 1 S. Third St. for $4 million to developer Mark Mulligan.

Panto has said the city hopes to move out of the Alpha Building by the summer of 2015. The City will pay rent until the move is complete.