LUMBERTON — Demolition of two warehouses in downtown Lumberton could begin as early as October.
The Lumberton City Council, meeting as the Council Policy Committee on Wednesday, voted to award the contract for the demolition work to 4 Seasons Site and Demo from Wilmington, whose bid was $296,896.
Public Works Director Rob Armstrong said abatement and cleanup at the two former textile mills, located on Town Commons and First streets, can begin once the proper notices are put out and required forms have been signed. After the sites have been cleared, demolition should take about 90 to 120 days, he said.
The project is the first in the state to use a Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development from the Department of Commerce for demolition, said City Manager Wayne Horne. Without the grant, the former textile mills would have had to be torn down at the city’s expense. The city was awarded the $495,041 grant in 2015.
Once the structures are demolished, the city will revamp the sites and market them for industrial use. The properties are near CSX rail lines and have access to water, sewer and natural gas.
One, located at 610 First St., is a 39,396-square-foot building built in 1928 that has been vacant for about seven years. The other, located at 608 Town Commons St., is a 29,298-square-foot building constructed in 1946 that has been empty for about eight years.
A lower bid was submitted for the project, but that company has refused to sign minority participation paperwork required by the federal government. Public Works will hold a hearing on whether to pursue a claim against the bid bond.
In other business, the council:
— Referred to the Planning Board a request for a conditional-use permit from Justus 4 LLC, which is seeking to open a Woody’s Bar-B-Q at 4880 Kahn Drive, previously Nelson’s Barbecue and John’s restaurant. The permit is needed so that alcohol can be served. Woody’s Bar-B-Q has 26 locations in Colorado, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.
— Referred to the Planning Board four requests to rezone property that has been annexed into the city from county zoning districts to city zoning districts. The properties are 465 Kenric Road, which is a KOA Campground; Northeast Park, also called the Pennington Athletic Complex; 9020 U.S. 74, where a Sun-Do is located; and agricultural property off of U.S. 301 North near Rennert Road.
— Directed the building instructor to demolish unsafe structures at 2108 and 2110 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and remove debris from demolished structures at 814 and 900 W. 24th St.
— Discussed revising the city code limiting the height of buildings, but took no action. The proposal was prompted by requests for exceptions to the code.
— Referred to the Planning Board a request to rezone property at 2300 N. Pine St. from Business Community to Business General Commercial. The applicant did not list a specific intended use for the property.
— Referred to the Planning Board a request to rezone properties at 409 E. 19th St. and 406 E. 20th St. from Residential Single Family to Business Community for use as multi-family housing.
— Designated the following from Community Revitalization Funds: $500 to the B.B. Thompson Choir; $950 to Lumberton police Officer Joseph Frederick, who is getting ready to run the New York City Marathon for the third time; and $700 for the Redstone-Hayswood Alumni Association reunion on Saturday.
— Approved permits needed for Southeastern Health to replace five signs on 27th Street.
— Authorized the city clerk to certify a petition for a ditch-tiling assessment at 2360 Oak St.
— Approved the June 2016 tax releases.
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