Among the answers received was that the building had been inspected in early January (6th) and the City was noted that it was unsafe. The city engineers; Remington, Vernick & Arango on Feb.2, 2015 submitted a report to the Director of Public Works that the building was “in imminent danger of further failure and potential collapse” with the recommendation of demolition.
Apparently the owner was notified who at first promise to demolish it; the reneged. Why this individual who had in essence abandoned the building with the City already holding liens of several 100 thousand on the property was even considered by the City to do the job is a puzzle.
On March 20, Bill Nierstedt, Director of Planning received approval from the State Historic Preservation Office to demolish the building which is in a Historical Site. When this request was made is not clear. However why the delay from 1/6/15 to 3/21/15 before the warning was acted upon.
Watson said that 6 firms were asked for proposals for the demolition but only two responded, one being a Demolition and Disposal company. Since Yates proposal was 214K instead of the other company's 220K proposal it was picked despite no track record and some questions about insurance with only the statement that the carrier was in the process of issuing the requested policies. In fact there has not been a signed contract just acceptance of the “proposal”.
The Council had a great number of questions and although they were never completely answered instead of accepting Citizen Alan Goldstein’s advice that the tabled the resolutions until they have a chance to study the support material; after complaining that they had not received any material until Friday night rejected all three resolutions.
Meantime the business owners in the building damaged complained that they have now lost their livelihood. Smiley said the City would look into helping them until the insurance companies compensated them. There is no known mechanism to do so.
10;45 AM some computer generated typos corrected. please let me know if I have missed any morfe.