City Council voted Thursday to accept a $825,300 contract submitted by a Clarks Summit demolition company to remediate and raze the Brodart warehouse on Memorial Avenue this summer.
Shea Industries, which has experience but arguably is taking on one of the largest projects in its history, will prepare the site to become a pad from which 40 apartments and 32 townhouses will be built.
Company representatives promised to hold a town hall-style meeting before the process begins in June.
Remediation of asbestos and pest and vermin control measures will take 30 to 45 days before the demolition of the building, done in stages, begins and lasts about 115 days, bringing the process to the end of September before the next phase - the construction of apartments.
"We're excited to see the project move forward," said Councilwoman Liz Miele.
Remediation and demolition is paid for through an Industrial Sites Reuse Program grant of $973,333, Lycoming County also is a partner by providing natural gas impact fee money and the city's Community Development Block Grant pays a portion, as does private developer funds, said John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.
Councilman Randall J. Allison said he wanted to see the contract and subcontractors complete what they promise from start to finish on behalf of the neighbors and city.
Efforts will be made to preserve salvageable bricks and crush them to be part of the bottom fill. Dust and pest control are built into the bid specification. Noise will be reduced.
Oliver Street, between Memorial Avenue and Scott Street, will be closed to traffic and fenced off while the work is done.
In other action, council gave permission to Susquehanna Health to consolidate a lot and subdivide the property to build a four-story, $33 million Susquehanna Health Innovation Center on its property off of High Street. The building will house physicians' offices, a residency program, be a part of The Commonwealth Medical College and provide an outpatient pharmacy.
The health care provider also received land development approval for the construction, with groundbreaking expected this summer and completion in 12 to 14 months.