Part of Kremmling landmark has a date with the wrecking ball
February 25, 2008
Part of a landmark in Kremmling is going to disappear later this year as the town prepares to demolish a wing of the old firehouse.
Located at Third Street and Central Avenue across from the Town Square, the old firehouse has been used by town for storage since the Kremmling Fire Department moved to its new building in the mid-1990s. It was built more than 50 years ago.
The old building is divided into two wings. The eastern wing will be kept, but the western wing is slated to be demolished this spring.
“The eastern wing, which is of metal construction, is in good shape,” said Doug Moses, Kremmling’s Public Works Director. “But the western wing, which is made of cinderblock is falling down and dangerous. The building has deteriorated to the point that our insurance company wants us to tear it down.”
The western wing of the old building is structurally unsound with the cement between its cinderblock walls coming apart, and the building’s river-rock facade is falling apart. In addition, its roof leaks badly and the wooden floors of its rooms have buckled.
This winter, the Kremmling Town Council requested bids for the demolition of building’s western wing. Bids started to be received in mid-December and were accepted until Feb. 1.
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At its Tuesday, Feb. 4 meeting, the council opened the bids. The bid of $27,945 by Spur Associates of Kremmling was chosen. The funding for the demolition is a line item in the town’s 2008 budget.
“Spur Associates will wait until winter releases its grip and the snow melts before starting its work,” Moses said. “I expect mid-May could be a realistic start date for the demolition.”
Once demolition begins this spring, Moses said he expects “some minor traffic disruption” to occur. The debris from the building will be taken to the Kremmling landfill.