Regional Environmental Demolition submitted a low bid of $127,222 to demolish the former Friendship House on Ridge Road in Lackawanna.
City officials unsealed two bids for the project on Wednesday. Empire Dismantlement Corp. submitted a bid of $167,000 to tear down the dilapidated building, which was condemned in 2007 and has been a frequent target of looters and vandals over the years.
The city is seeking $200,000 through Erie County to assist in the razing and redevelopment of the five acre site on which the building sits.
The parcel has become a source of contention in recent weeks, with most city officials favoring commercial development such as a shopping plaza and grocery there. But Councilman Abdul Noman, who represents the 1st Ward in which the property is located, has lobbied hard for a splash pad and new community center to be located on the site.
Regional Environmental Demolition also bid on the proposed demolitions of four other city properties, along with Hannah Demolition of Buffalo.
Hannah made the low bid on each of the projects: $8,000 for 1266 Ridge Road; $17,500 for 499 Ridge Road; $10,000 for 29 Bethlehem St.; and $7,500 for 103 Holbrook St.
Also this week:
• The 57th annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today with a special Mass and procession of roses at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 306 Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna. Bishop Richard J. Malone is scheduled to participate.
• A Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) outreach will be held Dec. 17 in the Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Road, Lackawanna. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. All applicants will be interviewed. HEAP is a federally-funded program to assist Erie County residents with their heating bills. Applicants should bring the following documentation to the outreach: One form of identification for all household members; proof of income received within the last 30 days for all household members; current heat and electric bills.
For more information, call the HEAP hotline, 858-7644. Residents may also apply for HEAP online by visiting www.mybenefits.ny.gov.