Town hopes to have Maritime Building down before summer

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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.

Maritime Building

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. 

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  • Llew
    April 09, 2014 - 16:58

    Sad. I remember visiting New Glasgow and thinking that was a really neat, attractive building. It added a lot to the downtown core. Had no idea that it was way too far gone to repair. :(

  • Spud Peters
    February 12, 2014 - 19:52

    The downtown is a disgrace. The businesses in the mini mall claim the town office told them it was a courtesy to remove snow from downtown. We all can't afford to go to Halifax to shop and get our hair cuts, some of us have to shop locally.

  • Another Stellarton Resident
    February 12, 2014 - 19:10

    Perhaps they can go into Stellarton when they are through & pull down the Dobson building.

  • scott
    February 12, 2014 - 14:53

    First they said it would be in the beginning of the new year when business is slow. Now they "hope" before summer. I think the town planners have an agenda to kill downtown business and plant more green space. The way they are going there will be no one left here. Less parking, incompetent clearing of snow and ice...no wonder we are struggling to survive as business owners downtown. Go to Trenton or Stellarton after a snow storm and look at their downtown area. New Glasgow is lacking by far. I know two people that fell and broke bones climbing over snow banks to avoid the outrageous ticket by paying the meter buried in snow.