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A Contract Signing/Pre-Construction Meeting was conducted jointly with the City of Clarksburg and the Clarksburg Urban Renewal Authority (URA) on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the City Manager’s Conference Room for the Demolition of Various Structures throughout the City of Clarksburg.
In attendance were URA Chairman Anthony Secret, City Manager Martin Howe, Assistant City Manager Anthony Bellotte, Zoning Director Adam Barberio. In addition to were representatives from Stantec Engineering, Cira Consulting/Anderson Excavating and Empire Builders.
The bid opening was held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 for both the URA and City Contracts. The City had two (2) contracts out for bid:
The URA awarded five (5) contracts for an aggregate bid base of $396,248 at their meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The demolitions are funded by a $400,000 financial agreement between the City’s Urban Renewal Authority, the City of Clarksburg and MVB Bank. The contracts are:
Clarksburg City Council approved the five (5) Resolutions solidifying the contractual agreements between the City and the URA on March 7, 2019.
The URA’s contracts will address a total of 45 structures. The breakdown is as follows: twenty (20) structures for asbestos abatement, eleven (11) structures for demolition and fourteen (14) structures for abatement and demolition. The City’s Public Works Department will raze the 20 structures in-house that were abated.
A notice to proceed was issued at the conclusion of the meeting. Demolition and abatements are anticipated to begin the week of April 8 and April 15, 2019. The City of Clarksburg contracts have a thirty (30) calendar day completion time and the URA contracts have a sixty (60) calendar day completion time.
Removal of these structures is a multi-faceted benefit to the city; it eliminates eyesores, reduces safety hazards, and opens up property for potential future development which will increase the property values of the surrounding neighborhoods.
City Manager Martin Howe stated, “With the awarding and signing of the contracts, the Urban Renewal Authority and City are very eager to have these demolitions completed. Removing slum and blighted structures is a benefit to all of our communities.”