Former Bangor police station could come down in May, pending council OK

Posted April 23, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Last modified April 23, 2014, at 9:23 p.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s old police station could be torn down next month.

Tuesday night, the city’s Finance Committee recommended the city award a $1.1 million demolition and sewer separation contract to SE MacMillan Co. of Bangor. The full council will decide whether to approve that contract during its meeting next Monday.

MacMillan was the low bidder. The city had budgeted $1.35 million toward the project.

Pending council approval, the project could begin sometime in early to mid-May, according to Ted Trembley, a city engineer.

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The priciest portion of the project will be the demolition itself, costing about $400,000. After the building comes down, crews will replace aging underground infrastructure, including brick sewers. Water mains and natural gas lines also will need to be moved. MacMillan will then build a parking lot on the building’s footprint for use by county employees and vehicles.

The retaining wall will cost about $201,000, but will prevent Court Street from crumbling into the Kenduskeag Stream. Since its construction, the police department building has served as a structural support for the slope.

The city had looked at renovating the building and finding another use for it, but it was laden with asbestos and in severe structural disrepair. An effort to bring the building up to code would have cost from $20 million to $30 million, city officials have said.

The city’s defunct police station has been vacant since 2006, when the force moved from the 73-year-old building to its $8 million Summer Street station.

 

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