I wanted to share an update from Rhonda Boyd in Engineering concerning the status of the removal of the red diner downtown. After our one bidder removed the original portions of the diner for restoration purposes back in November we began making arrangements to have the remaining portion of the building demolished. Proving that nothing is easy, the old diner is not going quietly into the night. With the original building removed, the City was ready to roll in the bulldozers to do what they do best but before we did that we had to have a quick check on what was left inside and it turns out that some of the old piping was wrapped with asbestos which means we need to handle its disposal appropriately. Here’s the latest update.
Asbestos has special permitting and handling requirements which our Engineering Division has been working on securing a contractor for. Below is an update from Rhonda on the status of the asbestos and building removal. Despite the delays I wanted you to know that we are actually very motivated to get rid of the remaining parts of the building as soon as possible, we just wanted to make sure that we did it right and in this case doing it right has taken more time than any of us desired.
Here is the up-date on the Diner. I spoke with HEPA Environmental yesterday to give them authorization to get started with the abatement on the Diner. They will file for permits today. The permit process has a 10 day waiting period. They will remove the one section of duct/flue pipe and a piece of transite wall board at the end of the 10 days. I am sending out proposal notices to the 5 contractors who have contacted us expressing an interest in demolition of the remaining structure. If all goes well, it should all be gone before February.