Council to consider Brodart demolition contract tonight

City Council is expected to vote tonight on a $825,300 contract submitted by a Clarks Summit demolition company to raze the Brodart warehouse on Memorial Avenue.

Shea Industries has done demolition of this scope before, said John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development. Destruction of the warehouse will create a flat area for a future housing development.

The proposal was reviewed Wednesday by the city Finance Committee, which reviewed the project timeline and recommended the contract be awarded to Shea Industries, Grado said.

By mid-June, the company plans to begin abatement of the interior, including asbestos removal.

That process takes about 30 to 45 days, he said. Demolition of the building, in stages, will take 115 days, bringing the process to September before the next phase – the construction of 40 apartments.

The plan is to keep salvageable bricks and crush them as part of the bottom fill. Dust and pest control are built into the bid specification, Grado said. Noise will be reduced by adding mufflers to equipment and sirens.

Oliver Street, between Memorial Avenue and Scott Street, will be closed to traffic and fenced off while the work is done, Grado said.

Council also is expected to review and vote on a lot consolidation, subdivision and land development plan by Susquehanna Health as it plans to build a four-story, $33 million Susquehanna Health Innovation Center on a parking lot off of High Street.

The center will have physicians’ offices, a residency program, a satellite office for The Commonwealth Medical College and an outpatient pharmacy.