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Alexander Lewis, Dwelling Information Tribune and Courier Information

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County is starting the method of constructing a $10  million to $15 million warehouse to avoid wasting the price of renting space for storing that would price greater than $three million a yr.

The freeholders will vote Oct. 22 whether or not to spend $160,000 to rent DMR Architects of Hasbrouck Heights for predesign companies for the warehouse to be constructed on county-owned land off Roycefield Highway in Hillsborough close to the South County Public Works Storage.

County Engineer Matt Loper informed freeholders on Tuesday that the county needs to consolidate space for storing into one facility, as a substitute of paying hire for 3 areas within the adjoining Somerville Enterprise Park, which suffered a big hearth in February 2016.

The county is now paying $900,000 in annual hire for the storage services, and the owner is elevating the hire due to new development to an estimated $three.four million.

The enterprise park is increasing and constructing new warehouses, County Legal professional William Cooper III defined. “It does not make loads of sense to hire when you’ve got property a brief distance away,” he mentioned.

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The brand new buildings will carry new tenants who’ve agreed to pay larger rents, Cooper mentioned.

“They need us out of the buildings,” mentioned County Administrator Michael Amorosa, including the owner doesn’t wish to improve the prevailing buildings however as a substitute transfer tenants to the brand new development.

When the county first rented house two to thee a long time in the past, Amorosa mentioned, the property belonged to the federal  authorities and the county was charged solely $1.42 per sq. foot. The proposed new hire can be $22.50 per sq. foot.

“That is the ball I’ve been juggling,” he mentioned.

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With the elevated hire, the county may cowl the price of the 100,000-square-foot constructing in 5 years.

The brand new constructing would supply storage for the prosecutor’s workplace, the Workplace of Emergency Administration and the county’s voting machines.

Loper mentioned the brand new warehouse may very well be prepared in a couple of years.

Workers Author Mike Deak: 908-243-6607;

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