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Alissa Scott/Recorder news Demolition of the property shown, of Forest Avenue will begin on July 8. City engineer Richard Miller said it has structural damage.

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Forest Ave. demolition to continue next week

Saturday, July 06, 2013 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

Recorder News Staff

Crews will begin the larger part of a demolition project on Forest Avenue on Monday, after damage deemed the structure in question unstable.

There are two buildings connected by a walkway, one of which has been a storage unit for Noteworthy.

Richard Miller, city engineer, said the removal of the overhead crosswalk was completed on June 25, but the discovery of an old oil tank slowed them down slightly.

Now that they've removed the tank, demolition can continue.

Miller said the crosswalk needed to be removed because the building not being used for storage will be torn down.

"The structural components are failing inside the building at this point," Miller said.

The project was originally projected to cost $1 million, Miller said. The company who worked on the Chalmers building on the south side of Amsterdam gave him the estimate.

"The company that was doing the demolition on that came up at my request to look at this building and give me an estimate," Miller said. "They indicated to me that it was going to be about a million dollars. So, we put out the bid and went after bond for it. We figured a million dollars to tear the building down, right?"

After the bid came back, the amount was drastically less, over half a million dollars in difference.

"The bid came back at $398,000," Miller said. "So it was a pretty good savings."

Miller said there could be several reasons why the company was so off in estimation, but it isn't abnormal.

"Let's just say it was unexpected," Miller said. "We usually bring people in to get a pretty good feel for what's going to be involved before we go to bid and it was kind of a shocker that it came in as low as it did."

When Miller told the Common Council, 3rd Ward Alderman Dave Dybas asked where the money would go and if it would go back into the city's budget.

Miller said it won't return to the city budget, but will be put to use on other projects around Amsterdam.

"Some of the money has already been put towards other projects," Miller said. "The city and county people have taken down five buildings between the two authorities. Then, the contractors are coming in and they're going to take down 11 more for us."

Miller said there are no plans to rebuild the structure.

     

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