Board of Public Works Takes Bids on Tearing Down Dilapidated Buildings

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Nearly four dozen blighted homes in Evansville could soon meet the wrecking ball.

The Board of Public Works opened bids on Thursday from contractors interested in tearing down 47 dilapidated structures.

The bids ranged from $486,000 to $600,000.

The money is coming from the final phase of the state’s blight elimination program, which funneled $2.2 million to the city.

While the state budgets somewhere between $15,000-25,000 per demolition.

Each house in Evansville has cost roughly $10,000 on average.

Kelley Coures with the Department of Metropolitan Development says, “In those demolitions, by us doing them the way we’ve done them, we’ve accumulated some savings. That savings, that economy of scale, we’ve managed to achieve, to get in and tear down those 30-40 substitute properties we’ve added over the last year.”

The Board of Public Works will award the contract at its meeting next week.

After that, demolition would begin within the next couple of weeks.

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