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Boscola, Brown hail P3 prison legislation redevelopmenr oNorthampton County P3

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com in Local News

State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Northampton County Executive John Brown in a joint statement July 27 applauded the senate’s approval of legislation that provides more flexibility for the redevelopment of a correctional facility.

The measure allows the county to use the Public Private Partnership (P3) process, which is currently available for transportation projects, to be applied to the prison facility’s redevelopment. Under the legislation, the county may elect to use the P3 procedure to contract for the adaptive reuse of the facility as county officials see fit.

The provision related to the P3 was included in the Administrative Code bill (House Bill 118) which passed the Senate 37-13. The measure now goes on for approval by the state House of Representatives.

“This is an important, positive step forward that will save county taxpayer dollars,” Boscola said. “The county will now be able to use the P3 process to speed redevelopment of the site and bring the facility back on line. Using the P3 process is an important innovation that brings the private sector into a partnership with the county for the benefit of all taxpayers.

“Working collaboratively, we are able to save dollars and provide greater benefits to our local taxpayers. I am pleased that the Senate approved this measure in a bipartisan manner, and hope that the state House moves quickly on its passage.”

Brown said, “I am pleased that Senator Boscola and other local legislators see the value in this P3 initiative. We are poised to bring in thousands of local jobs for this necessary redevelopment effort, without the anticipated need for tax increases or state loans.”