Cambridge discusses downtown demolitions


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Posted Online: April 13, 2013, 12:58 pm
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Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com
CAMBRIDGE - Trustees will discuss demolition of both the former Cambridge Jack and Jill building and the old Swan building at their April 29 board meeting.

Both topics were considered at Saturday's committee meeting. Village Administrator Dwaine Van Meenen said he is getting estimates of asbestos removal costs at both properties. He said he's been advised to award the demolition bid for the grocery store to Tim Brown of Alpha. The village would then have a lien for the cost of demolition on the property in the event there is a buyer.

The board discussed an $84,000 bid from Lohman Demolition of Hillsdale for the Swan property. Mr. Lohman has offered to receive half the cost one year and the remaining half in the next fiscal year.

An additional $50,000 in TIF revenue to put towards the demolition was discussed, coming from business development underway on the east side of the village.

Mr. Brown also has a contract with the village to demolish a home at 115 West Court Street next to the monument company for $5,800, but the courts have given the owner until April 26 to take the home down. Part of the roof has been removed so far, but Mr. Van Meenen said it's been six weeks since he's talked to the owner and he wasn't sure of his intention with the property.













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