St. ARMAND — The old town garage here has been torn down.
It was built some 70 years ago, and the town equipment no longer fits inside.
A concrete pad will be in place soon, fit for a new garage.
Construction this spring on the garage, located on Route 3 in Bloomingdale, moves forward on a project that has been years in the making.
Town of St. Armand Supervisor Charlie Whitson Jr. said crews from Essex County Department of Public Works tore down the old structure in less than a day.
“By the end of the day, it was all cleaned up. We’re just waiting for National Grid to come in and complete some preparation work, to supply power to the contractors.
“They’re going to be starting work on May 5.”
WELL UNDER PLANNED COST
The new garage will have four bays to hold all of the town’s highway items and other equipment.
Whitson told the Press-Republican that costs came in under the planned $950,000 budget.
“Bids for the entire project are $651,083, well under what we had anticipated,” he said.
At close to 60,000 square feet, the new facility will double the garage space and holding area for St. Armand’s highway equipment.
Whitson said contracts were let for four construction elements.
For general contractor, Integrated Rigging Contracting, based in Plattsburgh, will complete the foundation, floors, walls and roof of the new building. That bid was $545,513.
Jeff Rushby Mechanical, also of Plattsburgh, won the $23,900 plumbing contract and the $42,900 mechanical contract.
John Schwartz of Bloomingdale was awarded the electrical installation contract at $38,770.
Financing for the project was put in place with bond anticipation notes in a move approved by the Town Council last December. The amount of the project was not to exceed $925,000.
Work on the new garage is expected to be complete in October, ahead of next winter, Whitson said.