2 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Traffic re-routed for start of work week; Live demo feed on QJTV
From Michael Seaver, Director of Inspection and Enforcement for the City of Quincy:
"Emergency provisions in the Municipal Code and the Building Codes provide for the ability of the building official to move quickly in addressing a public safety hazard, by arranging for remedial work to be done - including demolition - in exigent circumstances.
After many contacts with local contractors who we believed had the equipment and expertise necessary to execute the required work, we were fortunate to be able to secure two local contractors who, working together, have indicated that they should be able to bring most - if not all - of the standing walls down by the end of the day tomorrow (Sunday) and hopefully allow for the re-opening of Maine and Fourth Streets.
Blick's Construction was able to move their crane from a job in Missouri to the site yet today, and have it fully set up and ready to begin work at first light tomorrow. Additionally, Niemann General Contracting will provide services with a smaller trackhoe, which will be necessary to work in the confined area at the southeast corner of the site, and to move material into organized piles.
Prices were obtained from both contractors and compared with similar numbers obtained over the course of the day. The cost of services seem to be reasonable, given the immediacy of the need and the unknown conditions that exist within the remaining building. Mayor Moore authorized the commencement of the work, based on our recommendation, and the contractors were notified to proceed.
Work should begin tomorrow (Sunday) morning at approximately 6:30 AM, and if all goes well, streets may be reopened by evening and back to near-normal by the Monday morning commute.
At this point, the work that will be done will be limited to bringing down the standing structure; all materials will remain on the site, pending EPA notification and approval for ultimate removal. The removal of materials and restoration of the site will be undertaken under a separate action. As time will not be as critical in doing this phase of the work, we will be able to follow the normal bidding process.
We appreciate the invaluable assistance of all involved City departments and employees, as well as the Administration and Council in working through this incredibly difficult event and restoring safety to our downtown citizens and businesses."