Coleman razing to cost less

Demolition has started on the old Coleman factory in downtown Wichita.

And Sedgwick County commissioners learned Wednesday that removing asbestos at the site will cost about $95,000 less than initially expected. That's because much less roofing material is affected than first thought.

Asbestos removal was estimated to cost $120,200 but now will cost $24,550.

About 5,200 square feet of roofing material is involved, instead of the 65,000 square feet originally estimated.

Commissioner Jim Skelton thanked the staff for catching the error but expressed some frustration that it occurred in the first place.

Assistant county manager Ron Holt said the contractor for asbestos removal, American Metropolitan Environmental Inc., made an error when recording how many square feet of roofing material was involved. That error was caught by county staff.

The county bought the building for $600,000 to use as a parking lot for Intrust Bank Arena and downtown.

Abatement began last week on the two south buildings and on Tuesday for the north building.

Abatement of asbestos in roofing materials will start March 16 and should be completed by March 17.

Demolition started Tuesday on the two south buildings.

Holt said the demolition contractor estimated that demolition of salvage materials as well as the east portion of the north building probably will begin next week, depending on how fast the two south buildings come down.

Demolition is scheduled to be finished by July 1.

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