Demolition of YDC could cost $1.6 million

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- It could cost the city $1.6 million to tear down all the buildings at the former Youth Development Center on Hines Hill Road, according to a consulting firm hired by the city.

Environmental Design Group, hired by the city for $129,400, determined the cost by considering waste and hazardous material removal, asbestos abatement, infrastructure, and demolition costs per structure.

Demolition would take three months and could begin in April, according to City Engineer Thom Sheridan.

Sheridan and EDG will recommend the best and lowest of the bids, and Council will have to approve any expenditure, according to Council member Council member Alex Kelemen.

"We expect $1.6 million to be the high number, and bids should be lower," Kelemen said.

Council has already authorized the city to seek bids for demolition of all the buildings on the property.

The city in 2011 estimated demolition would cost $1.2 million, but that report focused on rehabbing, renovating and bringing the buildings up to code, according to City Communications Manager Roberts said. EDG created a more thorough report focusing on demolition.

Kelemen said the older estimate did not include all of the buildings, such as a water tower, barn, greenhouse and ice/boat house.

Council members William Wooldredge said Council has discussed demolition of the buildings for some time and needs to move forward.

"I'd like to see a high end office park on the site," said William Wooldredge. "I want to see some relief to the residential tax payer."

The city would pay for the demolition through a 10-year bond, Roberts said. The city would pay $175,000 annually for 10 years, starting in 2014, according to city estimates.

The YDC buildings include seven dorm-like cottages, three administration buildings, an annex, one high school, a cafeteria and carpentry workshop. In addition demolition quotes include a greenhouse, barn, electrical/plumbing shop, ice/boat house and water tower.

EDG researched asbestos, lead paint and hazardous materials in each of the buildings. In addition, some contaminated soil near the greenhouse and carpentry shop will also be removed from the site.

Because the property is not downtown or near many homes, work could be done outside normal construction hours, Sheridan said.

In addition, a neighboring city will be stockpiling dirt on the YDC property, which the city can use to fill holes caused by the evacuation of contaminated soil.

Water and sewer lines will be capped and telephone poles removed, Sheridan said.

"When the work is all done, there will be nothing left but the driveways and grass," Sheridan said.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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