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House in peril from 2008 flooding in Portage to be demolished

Updated: April 7, 2014 2:16PM



PORTAGE — Cleanup from the epic 2008 rainfall and flooding will continue this summer along Burns Waterway in Portage as a house overhanging the eroded bank of the channel will be demolished, thanks to a $174,380 grant awarded to the Portage Redevelopment Commission.

John Shepherd, finance adviser to the commission, announced the award at the commission meeting on Wednesday. The grant will be used to purchase, demolish and restore the site, said Shepherd. Known as the Kellenburger property, Shepherd told the commission that the property owner supports the buy-out.

The money is from the disaster relief fund of the Indiana Housing Authority Community Development Block Grant program and will require no local match.

A $94,270 contract to demolish the Portage Yacht Club was awarded to Markham, Ill.-based Environmental Cleansing Corp. Company spokesman Jeff Crafton estimated demolition should take 45 days.

Mayor James Snyder asked that the Portage Police and Fire departments be allowed to use the facility for training prior to demolition as a supplemental condition of the contract.

Four bids paving the parking lot at the Portage Street Department were opened and taken under advisement by the commission. Firms that submitted bids are: Dyer Construction ($659,645), Austgen Equipment ($282,839), Rieth-Riley Construction ($580,756) and G.E. Marshall ($839,000).

With exterior renovation work of Portage City Hall continuing, Falk PLI was given a not-to-exceed contract of $15,000 to prepare schematic designs for interior renovation.

Interior work includes bringing the building into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, moving the council chambers to the lower level and incorporating the Utility Department. The design work will be completed in four to six weeks.



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