MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The $11.4 million, 39,000-square-foot Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center at Horsham and Stump roads is one step closer to construction after Monday night, as April 14 will be the date for the board of supervisors to award five prime construction contracts.

On Monday, township Manager Larry Gregan said the supervisors approved solicitation of bids for five prime contracts. The bids were opened on March 6, he said.

"We had over 35 bidders in this room for various prime contracts," Gregan said.

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At present, the bids are being reviewed by project architect Jonathan Trump, a senior associate at Kimmel Bogrette Architecture and Site in Conshohocken. Trump also sits on the township planning commission. 

"(He) will come up with a recommendation for the lowest responsible bidders for all five prime contracts," Gregan said.

The $11.4 million project at the 13-acre site is being funded by $7,875,250 in bonds, $3,335,250 in township reserve funds, and $250,000 in grants dedicated solely to an accessible playground and park. 

The design boasts two full-size basketball courts with a walking track above; multipurpose rooms for meetings, programs and events; classrooms; youth lounge; a lounge/cafe; and a weight/cardio room on the interior. The exterior is designed with a pavilon, spray park/tot lot, basketball court, and a Montgomery County Public Library Bookmobile station.

Kimmel Bogrette was the architect on numerous projects in the Tri-State Area, including Montgomery Township's two fire stations, the Cape May Convention Hall, the Montgomery County Tactical Response Center, the Upper Dublin Township municipal and police complex, St. John's Lutheran Church in Center Square, and the Temple University Student Center.