“We had budgeted with a 10 percent contingency,” he said. “There were no change orders on this round.”
Bidding will open this week to contractors for the demolition of an additional three residential and one commercial structure, and Gebhart said the savings from the prior demolitions can be used toward the new demolitions. He expects 2016’s fourth round of demolitions to cost around $80,000.
“Included in that round is, potentially, 2072 Kauffman Ave., which is the old Fairborn Family Diner,” Gebhart said, noting the structure is a former Burger King restaurant. The residential properties set for demolition are 1848 Superior Ave., 2 Holgate Court and 645 June Drive, he said.
Gebhart said the city plans to continue pursuing demolitions next year, too. He said the city is preparing a list of seven properties to tear down for the first round of demolitions in 2017.
In 2014, the city tore down 24 structures, followed in 2015 by 11 tear-downs including a former Elder-Beerman department store. In those years, money for demolitions was made available through a 2013 Moving Ohio Forward Grant, among other sources. Now, the dollars come from the general fund.
“City council determined last year that to help stabilize neighborhoods and get rid of blight, they needed to set aside funds to accomplish that,” Gebhart said.
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