NEW GLASGOW – The Town of New Glasgow would like to see the 95-year-old Maritime Building demolished before the busy summer season begins, said CAO Lisa MacDonald.
The town is expecting to finalize the terms of reference for the request for proposals by mid-March which means companies should be able to present their submissions by the end of that month.
MacDonald said there are many technical areas that need to be worked out in regard to the RFPs. The plan is complicated because the building is located next to train tracks and adjacent buildings while hazmat work will also be need to be done before it can come down.
She said the old seven-storey building contains asbestos, lead and pigeon droppings that are now considered toxic.
The request for proposal will be a detailed plan on what needs to be done. Companies interested in doing the work will submit their ideas on how this will be carried out and at what cost.
MacDonald said the town has been working on the request for proposals since last fall and has budgeted a half-million dollars for the demolition work.
She said the RFP will stipulate that the work must be done in a certain period of time since the town wants the work done by June so it doesn’t disrupt traffic or activity in the downtown area during the busy summer months.
“We are hoping to have it all completed by the summer season,” she said.
The Maritime Building was condemned in 2009, but it once housed stores on the main floor and apartments from the second to seventh floors. Currently a barricade protects those walking along the sidewalk by the building.
It was put in place after chunks of concrete the size of grapefruit started to fall from the building in 2010.
It was last purchased by businessman Cohen MacInnis in 2008 but closed in early 2009. He had filed bankruptcy so the building’s demolition is now being done at the cost of taxpayers. Once the building is down, the land will be made available through a tax sale.