Manor demolition commences

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- Initial site work is being carried out to prepare for the demolition of the old Maplewood Manor.

Kildare Construction has been awarded the contract and workers were on site Monday clearing snow from around the building and installing a perimeter fence.

Company owner Alton O’Rourke said initial interior work will be the removal of ceiling tiles and other material so that an asbestos removal subcontractor can access any and all asbestos in the building and remove it prior to demolition.

The manor property became embroiled in controversy last fall. Mayor Michael Murphy had written provincial authorities in August seeking to have the building demolished before winter. During the monthly meeting in September, council voted to ask government to consider developing the property, but that motion was rescinded at a special meeting the next week and replaced with one asking that the building be demolished. The developer learned the following day that his offer was no longer being considered.

The final stage of the demolition contract, the site infilling and seeding out of the lot, will not be completed until May.

Organizations: Kildare Construction

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  • What is a few hundred thousand!!
    January 06, 2014 - 14:17

    What is the final cost? It would be interesting to know if the estimate provided by Mr. Maynard of $150,000.00 during the "special meeting" called for by the Mayor was enough? I THINK NOT!!