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Tarentum to begin seeking bids for building demolitions

Brian C. Rittmeyer
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This house at 304 W. Eighth St. tops Tarentum’s demolition list.

Tarentum may hire multiple contractors for the first phase of a building demolition project this year.

The borough will begin seeking bids Tuesday for the demolition of up to 26 properties, Borough Manager Michael Nestico said.

Bids are due by 2 p.m. Oct. 18, when they’ll be publicly opened.

The borough’s complete demolition list, and a map of their locations and pictures of the properties, is available on its website.

All of the 26 properties are residential; most are two-stories.

Nestico said contractors will be asked to provide prices on each of the properties. The borough will award contracts based on the prices received; each contractor chosen would get at least six properties to tear down, Nestico said.

Nestico said the borough’s hope is that this approach will drive down the cost of each demolition.

Not all 26 properties will be torn down unless the cost fits within the borough’s budget, Nestico said.

The borough has budgeted $150,000 for the work this year. The borough has a total of 35 properties on its demolition list.

The borough has already spent about $13,600 testing the properties for asbestos.

Contracts could be awarded at council’s meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The contractor or contractors chosen will have 60 days to complete the work after getting notice to proceed.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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