EDMOND — Seven bids to tear down city property to make way for a public safety center were opened this week, and the low bid is expected to be considered Monday by members of the city council.
The low bid was from Midwest Wrecking of Oklahoma City for $99,770.
The bids came in with a variety of prices with the highest one at $500,000.
The administration building, once a parking garage at 100 E First St., will be demolished to make room for the 70,000-square-foot public safety center that will house police headquarters, a 911 communication center and emergency management.
A vacant drive-thru bank at Littler Avenue and Second Street also will be torn down. The property will become the location for the geothermal heating and cooling system for the public safety center.
Two buildings at Littler and Hurd Street, including the former Tammy's Laundry, will be demolished. The property will be the staging area for the contractors as they build the new center about two blocks to the south.
The contract also calls for cleaning up property just west of 33rd Street and Broadway, where a second 15,000-square-foot building will be constructed for evidence and vehicle storage along with the crime laboratory.
The final demolishing project will be to get rid of the old animal welfare building on Third Street just west of Broadway.
Randy Drew, city project manager, said work could get started within the next 20 days.
Next comes the juggling of city employee offices and traffic to make way for the demolition, particularly of the administration building where about 50 employees work.
Renovation of a leased building at 7 N Broadway, the new home for utility customer service and the finance department, which includes purchasing, payroll, treasury, accounting staff and human resources, is expected to be completed in February.
City officials purchased the 6,240-square-foot building at 1273 N Broadway to centralize information technology employees and all the city's equipment now in three locations throughout the city.
Architect plans for the new public safety center are about 65 percent complete, said police Maj. Steve Thompson.
“Everything is going well,” Thompson said. “We are really pleased.”
The new public safety center is expected to be completed by early 2015. The price tag is estimated at $25.65 million. Designers anticipate another $2.84 million for furnishings and equipment, for an estimated cost of $28.84 million.
Construction cost for the police crime lab is estimated to be $3.14 million with another $660,000 for furnishings and equipment.
Money for the public safety center project and demolition contract will come from a half cent sales tax that was approved for five years.
Plans are to have a contractor selected by May 13, Drew said.
“I think we are coming along and making good progress,” Drew said.