Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Majority of main building is now in piles

  • The project

    Demolition of the 100-year-old YMCA at Fifth and Center streets in Hannibal.

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  • The project
    Demolition of the 100-year-old YMCA at Fifth and Center streets in Hannibal.
    Acccording to Emory Smashey of Smashey & Sons Construction, which is the demolition contractor on the project, most of the main building has been demolished.
    “It’s coming along,” he said. “I hope to have the main building down by tomorrow (Wednesday), or even late today (Tuesday).”
    What’s next
    The game plan at the site is pretty straightforward, according to Smashey.
    “We’ll clean the wood up and then fill in (the basement and pool areas). Then we’ll take down the back and rest of it. After that we’ll clean it all up,” he said. “The rest of it is pretty stable. We’re not worried it will fall in.”
    Anticipated cost
    Smashey & Sons Construction was the low bidder at $60,000.
    Since small amounts of “non-friable” asbestos was found in the building are additional costs for the asbestos inspection, testing and to have an asbestos abatement supervisor on hand when areas containing asbestos are removed.
    The cost of the asbestos inspection and testing was $1,390 and was paid to Klingner & Associates.
    Who’s paying
    Although the building is privately owned, the city of Hannibal is paying to bring the structure down. That action is being taken since its owner, Pastor Clyde Beers, does not have the necessary funds to have it demolished. A portion of the building has already fallen inward, leading to its condemnation earlier this year.
    City Manager Jeff LaGarce indicated that money for the project will be taken out of the city’s reserves.
    Projected date for completion
    of this project
    The project’s contractor, Smashey & Sons Construction, has 45 days from Nov. 29, when the notice to proceed was issued, to complete the demolition. The tentative completion day now stands at Jan. 13, 2012.
    Each week, the Courier-Post is documenting the demolition of the old YMCA building in Hannibal. For more information, contact:
    Journalist Danny Henley
    Mail P.O. Box A, Hannibal, MO, 63401
    Email danny.henley
    Phone (573) 248-2752
    Fax (573) 221-5800
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