Two city-owned buildings are officially razed.
Director of Public Services John Nilges said the old Frick’s building at Eight and Locust streets and a home at 908 Jefferson St. have both been torn down.
At Monday’s administration/operations committee meeting, Nilges said Marschel Wrecking, St. Louis, had a few minor items to clean up at the Frick’s site, but the Jefferson Street project was finished.
Marschel had placed seed and straw and made the Jefferson City property ready for bids. Bidding will close Friday, Sept. 15. The city has put an $18,000 reserve on the property. The city spent $8,650 for the demolition of that property alone.
Nilges said the city has contacted multiple potential bidders to draw up interest. At its July 17 meeting, the city council rejected the lone bid to purchase the property with the house still standing.
Cowboy Holdings bid $108 for the site, but the city elected to see if it would be more marketable with the building torn down.
Nilges said there were no problems with the Jefferson house demolition. He said the building had a lot more concrete than anticipated, but that wasn’t a major issue.
The old Frick’s building didn’t encounter any issues either, Nilges said. Marschel was paid $78,882 to tear down the old building. The city’s engineering estimate for the project was $200,000.
The building was torn down as part of the city’s stormwater management plan. With the building gone, the next step is to get the stormwater improvement work designed and hopefully have the improvements done by sometime in 2018, City Administrator Darren Lamb said.
That area also is slated to be a trailhead for a proposed new bike path. The city is seeking grant funding from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to build the Busch Creek Greenway.
The city recently found out the grant was likely to be approved. The designs for the path call for a trailhead with a parking area at Eighth and Jefferson streets.