- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The demolition of the crumbling Gastineau Apartments in Juneau has been pushed back until next year.

Public Works Director Rorie Watt announced to Juneau officials Monday that the deadline would need to be extended in order for the city to bring in contractors capable of taking on the large project.

“In the construction world, time, risk and profit are all kind of intertwined,” Watt told the Juneau Empire (https://bit.ly/1gRuYXg). “Basically, what contractors saw was not enough time and too much risk.”

The demolition had originally been planned for the end of the year, but now city officials have decided on April 2016. The bid process has also been delayed and will open Oct. 8. The contract should be awarded by Oct. 20.

“I think we scared a lot of contractors away with the time,” Watt said. “We put it out there to see if it was possible; turns out it was a little aggressive. So now we’re just responding in a responsible fashion.”

Many of the companies that have expressed interest in the demolition project specialize in areas such as excavation or road building, according to the project’s planholders list. Watt said the size of the project will likely require heavy equipment and experience in demolishing large buildings.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly previously considered acquiring the apartment building, which has sat vacant since a 2012 fire, but decided against it after determining there was not a public purpose the building could be used for.

Demolition is expected to cost between $900,000 and $1.2 million.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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