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Demolition, sidewalk work to move forward in Harrison

| Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 1:51 p.m.

Two Harrison projects funded in part by federal Community Development Block Grants are proceeding.

Township commissioners have approved contracts for the projects, which are the demolition of blighted structures and the installation of handicapped access ramps.

A.P. Wise Excavating was the low bidder for the demolition project, submitting a price of $36,000.

It includes four structures located at 86 Vine St., 1206 Eighth Ave. and 62 and 64 Chestnut St.

Township engineer Ray Antonelli, who recommended approving Wise's bid, said the original estimates for the demolition were more than $40,000.

He said two of the four buildings need asbestos abatement but the cost of that service is built into Wise's bid.

The contract for construction of the sidewalk ramps was awarded to Ron Gillette Inc., which submitted a bid of slightly less than $26,000.

Antonelli said the contract was rebid after bids came in too high the first time around, with the lowest around $50,000.

Under the contract, five ramps will be constructed along Broadview Boulevard from Morgan Street to St. Joseph High School, allowing wheelchair access to the sidewalks.

The CDBG grant for the sidewalks is about $20,000, which means the township will pay the remaining $6,000 for the work.

Tom Yerace is a freelance writer.

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