Council votes for tearing down YDC

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Council supported demolishing all the buildings at the former Youth Development Center on Hines Hill Road and authorized City Manager Anthony Bales to seek bids for the demolition work Dec. 5.

The city will now look for a contractor to demolish 14 buildings, including a former high school and dormitories, housed on 135 acres on the south side of the 429-acre property that straddles Hines Hill Road in northwest Hudson. The city has estimated the work will cost $1.23 million.

The city expects to have an outline of the requirements for demolition within a month and could seek bids in early 2013. Council would have to approve the contract.

The decisions were not unanimous.

Council member Hal DeSaussure was the only vote against the motion stating Council's intention to demolish the buildings, which passed 6-1.

He said the motion was "superfluous and unnecessary" because legislation to authorize Bales to go out for bids was on the same agenda.

Council shouldn't make statements of intention, DeSaussure said. Council acts by putting money toward projects to show support, he said.

"If costs [of demolition] are too high, we may want to revisit it for financial reasons," DeSaussure said.

Council President David Basil opposed authorizing Bales to seek bids for the demolition. That passed 6-1.

"I think it's premature," he said. "We don't have the information to go out to bid."

Council is waiting on a study about hazardous materials on the property.

Council member Alex Kelemen said the city should stop considering new proposals for the buildings by Dec. 12. Council members Dennis Hanink and Dan Williams supported the motion, but the other Council members disagreed, defeating the motion.

DeSaussure said someone could come to the city with a great proposal for the property and the motion would not allow the city to act.

An ad hoc committee invested time and effort into providing a list of possible community uses of the buildings, but none were viable, Basil said.

"We shouldn't refuse to talk to someone," Basil said. "But I don't want to slow down the process [of demolition]."

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