WILMINGTON -- A request for proposals will be out in newspapers and has been posted on the town website, calling for a company that will demolish the property at 3 Shafter Street that was recently acquired by the town.
Before the RFP went out to bid, an asbestos survey report was filed. Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy was notified of the report's completion on Oct. 31.
"They did say it was a good report, meaning there was very little asbestos," said Murphy. "We knew there was some on the outside of the building."
Claypoint, the company hired for the survey, took 30 samples in the former residence and didn't find any more.
The RFP is asking companies to bid on demolition and asbestos removal on the property. Those bids are due on Nov. 22.
"There are a few companies that are interested in it," said Murphy. "The companies that bid on the demolition will probably piggyback with another company to do the asbestos removal."
The property was previously owned by the Brissette family. It had been bought by the town through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The town is not permitted to develop any structures on the property that could be destroyed in future floods. Most properties purchased through the HMGP are turned into parks or greenspaces.
There is a 90 day deadline for the demolition, according to the program's guidelines. The town has put out a request to the state to contact FEMA regarding an extension.
"Not knowing (about the deadline) didn't really hurt us but we had to go through two RFP processes," said Murphy. "With all these steps, 90 days is really a short time to get a property demolished if you're not used to that sort of thing."
A site visit has been scheduled for Nov. 12 for interested companies to check out the site.
Murphy told the Reformer that he does not know what the cost estimates will look like yet.
The demolition and asbestos removal will take about 30 days to complete, which is the amount of time allotted for the project.
"Generally, when they get their equipment on site, it doesn't take long," said Murphy. "We're hoping to save some slate shingles from the roof to use in other areas. But other than that, it's just going to be demolished and taken away. It should be a fast process."
The goal is to have the company come in shortly after Nov. 22 and be finished "before the winter freeze sets in."
The town is also in the process of putting out another RFP for an asbestos survey at the Sprague property, which the town acquired earlier in the month through the same FEMA program.
For more information on the RFP itself, visit WilmingtonVermont.us.
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