Griffith to raze five town-owned structures

2012-05-20T00:00:00Z Griffith to raze five town-owned structuresBy Charles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

GRIFFITH | The Town Council will meet in special session Tuesday to award a contract for demolition of five town-owned buildings in the 100 block of South Broad Street.

Clerk-Treasurer George Jerome said the council bought the buildings, which are in disrepair, from their owners.

They all sit in a row on the east side of Broad between Main Street and the Canadian National Railway crossing.

The addresses are 111, 115, 121, 123 and 127 S. Broad St.

There is a vacant lot among these buildings that the town also owns, Jerome said.

When the buildings are gone, a green space will be created with grass and possibly some trees, he said.

"It may be available for development in the future," Jerome said.

The highest bid was received from Grimmer Construction in Highland for $131,000, followed by JM Industrial in Hammond at $73,700. Next was Biesen Excavation in Griffith for $72,623 with the lowest bid coming from Chuck Shane Excavating in Akron, Ind., at $30,500.

Council President Glen Gaby, R-1, said the council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to award the winning bid so work can be finished by the end of June.

The plan is for the buildings to be gone before a major road project is completed on that stretch of road.

Council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, said the blighted buildings have been unattractive to potential business and homeowners.

"We are demolishing these structures to continue the progress we made in our downtown revitalization efforts over the last several years," Ryfa said.

Walsh and Kelly, of Griffith, was awarded the road project for $524,000 and is slated to begin work June 11 and finish by July 17, Gaby said.

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