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Asbestos tacks $12K on to cost of restroom demo

Submitted by on March 26, 2020 – 12:30 amNo Comment

The city of Alpena is still waiting to hear back on two potential grant awards – one that would help construct a new bathroom building at Bayview Park, and another that would cover a portion of the costs for a much more expansive plan at the park that would also include sidewalk improvements, lighting upgrades, ship viewing areas and more.

In the meantime, the city is preparing to demolish the restroom building on Harbor Drive, which is said to be in a state of disrepair and beyond renovations.

The building was expected to come down last fall at a cost of approximately $5,500. However, the contractor on the job hired a company to do a cursory review of the site for asbestos. A large amount of the hazardous material was found in the roof, doors and windows. The cost to abate the asbestos is estimated at roughly $12,400, taking the total project cost from under $5,500 to nearly $18,000.

The building is expected to be demolished this spring. The asbestos and multiple other factors held the demolition up last fall.