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July 11, 2014

County to raze former recycling building

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County commissioners have given the go-ahead to demolish the county’s former recycling/solid waste building.

The commissioners on Tuesday contracted with W.R. Cade Paving of 2707 Pulaski Road to demolish the two-story yellow brick building that sits next to the county warehouse and behind the adult/juvenile probation/domestic relations building.

Demolition costs are not to exceed $6,100.

Built in 1925, the building sat on Hiram Way and was once a house, according to commissioner Steve Craig.

“There was a whole neighborhood there,” county administrator James Gagliano commented. “We’d get electric bills for it and we’d say, ‘Where the heck is Hiram Way?’”

The building has been part of the Lawrence County government center property for many years.

The building has been vacant for about three years and has no utilities connected to it, Gagliano said, adding that the commissioners have contemplated demolition for several years.

The county has been paying liability insurance on the building, Gagliano said, and determined it is not economically feasible to renovate it.

In addition to demolishing the building W.R. Cade will be responsible for removing the sidewalk, hauling debris to a landfill, backfilling the basement, heavy-rolling and grading the site and applying straw and grass seed to the property.

The project was not advertised for bid because the cost was under than the $19,100 requirement, a limit that was set by the commissioners just last week, according to Craig.

Gagliano said the county obtained three price quotes and Cade’s was the lowest.

The county has no finalized plans to use of that part of the courthouse property, but have discussed expanding the government center parking or providing more space for the juvenile probation department’s garden project, he said, adding, “It’s just in discussion at this point.”

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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