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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Broadway demolition project hits another snag

  • The demolition of 213 Broadway in downtown Hannibal has hit another snag, prompting the City Council to award the contract to another contractor during Tuesday night’s meeting at city hall.
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  • The demolition of 213 Broadway in downtown Hannibal has hit another snag, prompting the City Council to award the contract to another contractor during Tuesday night’s meeting at city hall.
    On July 2, the City Council awarded the contract to bring down the Broadway building to Century Used Brick of St. Louis which submitted a bid of $5,000. On Dec. 6, the city received a letter from Barbara Buck, owner of Century Used Brick, seeking an additional $6,000 fee to perform the work.
    “Because this building is tied so closely to the building next door, this job is extremely risky and takes a very skilled contractor to bring (it) down safely without jeopardizing the building next door,” Buck said. “We have the experience to do the job, it’s just a lot more involved and costly than our original bid accounted for.”
    The specific reasons cited by Buck for the additional expense were:
    • The back wall is so unstable scaffolding is needed to prevent it from falling onto the garage in back.
    • Both buildings share one foundation and the floors are supported by jacks. The work will have to proceed slower than expected to make sure the jacks don’t move and jeopardize the building at 211.
    • The floors have four layers which is more debris and tear out time than the company budgeted for.
    • Century Used Brick originally thought 211 and 213 had two separate walls. Because it is a “party wall,” scaffolding is needed to bring down the top of the party wall that rises a story over 211.
    • Originally Century Used Brick estimated the job would take five or six days, but upon further consideration Buck estimates it will take 15-20 days to complete, raising the company’s projected costs.
    The request for additional funds to complete the job did not sit well at city hall.
    “The staff views Century Used Brick’s $6,000 request as inappropriate, and denied it,” wrote City Manager Jeff LaGarce in a memo to the Council.
    City Attorney James Lemon advised Century Used Brick that it had until noon Tuesday (Dec. 17) to begin work, otherwise the city was prepared to file suit for breach of contract and hire the next-lowest bidder – Roberts Demolition and Roll-off, which had submitted a bid of $17,500.
    While Century Used Brick did not begin bringing down the structure on Tuesday, it did send a letter to city hall indicating it would not perform the work for the price quoted.
    A resolution approved by the Council Tuesday night awarded the project to Roberts Demolition and Roll-off, but a section referring to litigation was removed until Lemon has more time to do additional research regarding the project’s scope.
    Page 2 of 2 - An inquiry was made as to when Roberts could begin work. While typically the Missouri Department of Natural Resources requires a 10-day wait before issuing a notice to proceed, Building Inspector Joey Burnham speculated that the state’s OK might come sooner because of the project’s emergency nature.
    Mayor Roy Hark indicated that he’d like to see the work begin soon.
    “It’s more of an emergency now than it was in May,” he said, expressing concern that a heavy snow might bring down some or all of the weakened structure.
    In June, a structural engineer’s report stated that 213 Broadway is “currently structurally unsound and in danger of collapse.”
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