Arnolt Demolition Project Awarded to Chicago Company – InkFreeNews.com
By Liz Berger
WARSAW — A contract for the demolition of the former Arnolt Corporation building near Argonne Road in Warsaw has been awarded to a Chicago firm.
At a meeting on June 3, the Warsaw Public Works and Safety Board awarded the contract to Green Demolition Contractors Inc., Chicago. Of the seven bids received by the city for the project, Green Demolition Contractors Inc. submitted the lowest bid, totaling $178,800. The highest bid received by the city was $370,000.
A new affordable housing project will eventually replace the old Arnolt Building.
Community and Economic Development Manager Jeremy Skinner asked council to award the bid and approve the contract to begin work on the project immediately.
“It’s good to have several offers and to pay a little less than we thought,” said Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer.
Skinner said some environmental issues at the site are currently being resolved.
“They’re still waiting for some samples to come back to the concrete from oil leaks,” Skinner said. “Once that’s done, they can come in and demonstrate the building down to the foundation and do some soil testing. There’s some coordination that needs to happen…it’s going to take a bit of time, but hopefully we can do it in the next two months and construction can start.
Thallemer also clarified a recent press release from the Michiana Council of Area Governments (MACOG) regarding a $500,000 grant MACOG received from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
“They (MACOG) used Warsaw as a model for the kind of projects they were looking for,” Thallemer said. “We (the city) didn’t get a second grant, we didn’t get half a million, we didn’t get any money for the demolition (of the Arnolt building). I saw in some reports that we received $500,000 for the demolition, that is not correct.
In other matters, the council also agreed to an updated central services protocol, which benefits all city departments.
“The need for a formal protocol was created to streamline efficiency across the city with respect to production, financial accountability and general management,” reads a letter from Street Superintendent Dustin Dillon. “With this protocol, city departments will be clear which specific workforce is responsible for maintaining any task that may arise.”
The next Public Works and Safety Board meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 17.