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Demolition of Castaway Motel in Portage Approved

Updated: December 26, 2012 11:32PM



The former Castaway Motel, on Highway 20 in Portage, is finally coming down. In its final meeting of 2012 the Portage Redevelopment Commission approved a contract with R.V. Sutton, of Chesterton, to demolish the motel.

City consulting engineer John Hannon reported that Sutton’s bid of $28,500 was lowest among the four responding bidders. Bids ranged from a high of $91,500 submitted by Dyer Construction, to $44,900 submitted by Davis and Sons, of Portage, and $43,200 submitted by G.E. Marshal of Valparaiso.

Commission member Sue Lynch asked Hannon if there will be any surprises, “such as underground fuel tanks,” during the demolition.

Hannon told the commission that a full environment report was conducted and included with the requests for proposals. Hannon did note that an asbestos inspection will be conducted next week, “but I don’t expect much, if any, asbestos.”

If any asbestos is found, it will be in ceiling and floor tiles and remediation is expected to cost less than $1,500, according to Hannon.

Hannon also told the commission that the Portage Park Board has recommended that the Yacht Club be demolished.

The aging yacht club, built in 1974 as a club for National Steel employees, has a range of issues needing costly repairs and upgrades, so the decision was made to demolish rather than refurbish.

Specification documents for the demolition have been prepared and Hannon requested and received authorization to advertise for bids to demolish the structure. Commission member Steven Nelson was the sole vote against the demolition.



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