The demolition was completed last weekend by Morgantown-based Laurita Excavating within several days of signing a $72,000 demolition contract. And because the demolition project was an emergency situation and the city’s typical competitive bid process could not be conducted, some confusion arose with the bid process that occurred. This was addressed last week during the most recent city council meeting.
Snider explained after the situation was brought up that Laurita originally bid $68,000 to raze the building, a price that did not include the necessary asbestos abatement. This bid was the lowest of the five total companies that bid on the job, and the amount was publicly announced July 22.
The bid was not awarded until after the opinion of an independent engineer hired to assess the situation at the site was received, however, and within that time, two other companies rebid on the project. But since Laurita’s bid had already been disclosed, the city opted to grant the company the job for not more than $72,000.
Snider said the sections of Cleveland Avenue and Everest Drive that were closed to all traffic for safety purposes after the bricks collapsed into the street have been reopened.
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