WHEELING - The bricks could start falling immediately in the 1100 block of Main and Market streets if City Council approves a $693,600 demolition for the five city-owned structures there.
At its meeting at 7 p.m. today, council will vote on hiring Dore and Associates of Bay City, Mich., and its $693,600 bid, to bring down the former G.C. Murphy, Rite Aid and Graham's buildings; and Dr. Manny Velez's dental practice and River City Dance Works buildings.
Other bidders included Edgco Inc. of Martins Ferry at $831,600; O'Rourke Wrecking of Cincinnati, $854,000; and Advanced Builders of Belle Vernon, Pa., with a bid of $1.065 million.
Before work can start, Raze International of Shadyside must complete asbestos abatements in Velez's practice at 1118 Main St. and the conjoining empty building at 1121 Market St. Council approved the action at its Feb. 7 meeting. Raze was hired for abatements in the four other structures, which was completed last year.
In other business today, council's finance committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. and receive a copy of the proposed fiscal 2012-13 general fund and coal severance budgets.
The proposed budgets, which have yet to be revealed, will take effect July 1, which is the start of the city's fiscal year.
This year's general fund budget was adopted last March at $29.46 million and the coal severance at $125,000.