A partially collapsed downtown North Judson building may finally be demolished in the next couple weeks. The town council Monday chose Dirt Works Excavating of Knox to tear down the building at 205 and 207 Lane Street, according to Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins.
She says the town got four bids for the work. Dirt Works’ bid was for $96,499, but the town will have to cover the additional cost of asbestos handling.
Collins says Dirt Works plans to start the work as soon as the contract is done and permits are finalized with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. On top of that, the demolition contractor and the structural engineer who evaluated the building will both have to give information during a court hearing.
While money for the demolition work isn’t in the town’s budget, Collins says there is money in the Economic Development Income Tax and Cumulative Capital Development funds. An additional appropriation will be considered by the town council, to use those funds.