Contractors bid on demolition of Portage Yacht Club
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent February 27, 2013 9:44PM
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:20AM
PORTAGE — The Portage Yacht Club is one step closer to demolition after the Portage Redevelopment Commission at its monthly meeting Wednesday opened 12 bids from area contractors.
Bids ranged from a low of $94,270 submitted by American Demolition Corp. of Elgin, Ill., to a high of $189,000 submitted by Chem Check of Hebron.
The commission took the bids under advisement. The winning bidder will be announced at next month’s commission meeting. The demolition is scheduled to be completed within 90 days of contract approval and notice to proceed.
In other demolition work, contractor R.V. Sutton of Chesterton was granted an additional $6,450 for asbestos remediation and removal at the former Castaway Motel in Portage. Sutton was awarded a contract in December for $28,500 to demolish the motel.
At the time Sutton received the contract, the commission was told that an asbestos report had yet to be completed. The contract was awarded with the understanding that if asbestos was found, the contractor could increase the bid amount.
John Shepherd, development finance adviser to the commission, requested and received approval to transfer $656,584 from the commission accounts to the city Economic Development Income Tax accounts. Most of the amount, $590,688, will be used by the city to make an annual bond payment and the remainder will be used for an equipment lease.
Mayor James Snyder requested $12,000 from the commission to pay Capital Assets LLC and Barnes & Thornburg for legislative lobbying. Snyder is making attempts legislatively and through direct negotiations to secure payments in lieu of property taxes from the Indiana Port Authority for its Burns Harbor facility.