Bids are due today to demolish houses for realignment project.
By Lisa M. Esquivel Long, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:00 AM
Unauthorized removal of aluminum siding from houses scheduled for demolition for the West State Boulevard realignment project has left the area looking more blighted by the day.
All city-authorized salvage of items in or on the homes took place in early December, so recent removal of aluminum siding from homes is not approved by the city, said Frank Suarez, spokesman for Fort Wayne City Utilities and the Board of Public Works.
Bids for demolishing the homes are due today and likely will be awarded Jan. 18, Suarez said. The winning contractor will have until early May to demolish the houses and remove the debris. The houses are located along State, between Clinton and Westbrook Drive, and on Eastbrook Drive south of State.
The realignment project will straighten and widen State between Spy Run Avenue and Cass Street. The bridge over Spy Run Creek also will be moved slightly south and elevated by 7 feet to prevent it from being flooded.