- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha City Council has voted to approve a $3.1 million contract to demolish the Omaha Auditorium.

The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1P5ZTfx ) reports that the demolition contract with Illinois-based DeNovo Constructors Inc. was approved Tuesday.

Workers could start removing asbestos from the auditorium in about two weeks, and exterior demolition should begin in the spring.

The auditorium is being demolished to make way for a redevelopment project. The building was closed June 30, 2014.

The council had expressed some reservation about the contract because the firm had not submitted a plan for using local small and emerging businesses in the project. DeNovo officials told the council Tuesday that they will subcontract 24 percent of the work to a Lincoln business certified with Omaha’s Small and Emerging Business program.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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