As the sewer reconstruction continues to keep the Crain Avenue bridge reduced to one lane thanks to the runaway coal train, its not hard to see how important this river crossing is to the performance of our street network. Every since the train derailment closed the bridge, traffic has been snarled and I know frustrations are running high to get the bridge re-opened. Our City Engineers are pushing on the railroad folks and the sewer contractors to do just that but directional drilling through bedrock has proven to be a slow and tedious process. In the meantime, at City Council’s request the City Engineers have also put a bid out on the street inviting anyone that may be interested to purchase the buildings that are planned to be demolished to make way for the new bridge next year. For anyone that’s wondered which buildings will go away, this is a great summary.
We don’t ordinarily auction off properties that are planned to be demolished because they typically aren’t in great condition to begin with but in this case City Council had received some interest from a private business to relocate the McKay Bricker building so Council asked us to advertise that property for bid — and while we were at it we figured we’d just throw all the other properties into the mix as well. I would be surprised if most of these buildings had any interested buyers but then again we got $50 bucks more than I thought we’d get for the old red diner downtown so maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised again.
So if you’ve got a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket, have I got a deal for you. Here’s the bid document: