The massive building that partially collapsed on Ryle Avenue during the summer resulted in an unplanned expense of $473,000 for emergency demolition.
After the building crumbled, leaving debris on the road, and an entire block of residents evacuated, the city scrambled to respond, requesting 22 bids from various demolition companies in New Jersey.
Only four companies responded to the request: D & S Restoration, a city based company, for $685,000; Vecharello Contracting, a Wayne based company, for $505,000; Two Brothers Contracting, a Clifton based company, for $492,100; and C. Royce, a Butler based company, for $473,000.
The city based company was not selected because its price was too high, instead the least expensive, Butler based company was picked to complete the demolition.
The building collapse resulted in the roadway in front of the building being closed for about a week. No one was injured in the collapse, but about a dozen families were told to find living space elsewhere.
“This building was determined to be an imminent hazard endangering the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city,” read the resolution that is to be approved next week to pay the demolition company.