McKinley demolition scheduled for completion in September

A North Dakota firm with a presence in the local area for ten years has been awarded the bid for the demolition of the former McKinley elementary school in Gering at a special meeting of the city council this noon. RTS Shearing had the low bid at $153,900. Paul Reed Construction offered the other bid at $224,836.

City Engineer Paul Snarr says the demolition and compaction of the basement area was originally scheduled to be finished in July. The completion date was then moved to August, and in the latest plans by the engineer it has been postponed to mid-September. Snarr says removal of a larger amount of asbestos than anticipated appeared to be the issue.

The square block around the school was purchased by the city last year as part of a planned residential housing project with Western Nebraska Housing Opportunities. The city plans to place single family homes on the property over the next three years with the help of a $470,000 state housing grant. Students attending construction classes at Gering High School this fall will begin construction of two homes on the northeast end of the block opposite the school.

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