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October 1, 2010

City of Enid opens 13 bids to demolish Convention Hall

ENID — The city of Enid on Friday opened 13 bids received toward the demolition of Convention Hall/Mark Price Arena.

Jackson Wrecking Co., of Enid, had the lowest bid of $120,000 with the project to raze the building taking about 150 days.

The highest bid was from M&M Wrecking, of Blanchard. Their bid came in at $696,800 and 150 days to complete the project.

Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said the city commission will take the next step in the process to potentially demolish Convention Hall.

“We will turn this information over to the city council and they will decide how they’re going to proceed,” Bauer said.

The city gathered bids in the past few weeks to raze Convention Hall after the failure of an Aug. 24 bond issue that would have renovated Convention Hall, expanded Cherokee Strip Conference Center and built a 75,000-square-foot events center downtown.

Bids opened Friday were:

• G&G Dozer, of Caney, Kan., $319,000, 60 days to complete.

• Jackson Wrecking, Enid, $120,000, 150 days to complete.

• K&M Dirt Services, Oklahoma City, $243,591, 90 days to complete.

• M&M Wrecking, Blanchard, $696,800, 150 days to complete.

• DT Specialized Services, Catoosa, $224,088, 68 days to complete.

• Midwest Wrecking, OkLahoma City, $442,520, 215 days to complete.

• ARK Wrecking Co. of Oklahoma, Tulsa, $456,000, 90 days to complete.

• DEM/EX Group, Manito, Ill., $224,000, 90 days to complete.

• Dore & Associates Contracting, Bay City, Mich., $365,000, 120 days to complete.

• Intercon Demolition, Garland, Texas, $218,000, 60 to 90 days to complete.

• Lindamood Demolition, Irving, Texas, $335,900, 75 days to complete.

• Jordan Disposal Service/Gator Industrial, Asbury, Mo., $232,500, 90 days to complete.

• Precision Demolition, Lewisville, Texas, $275,000, 50 days to complete.

Meanwhile, over at First United Methodist Church, the Preserve Convention Hall group met to figure out what could be done to keep Convention Hall and restore it.

There were about 60 people at the group’s meeting.

“I can tell you that, from my understanding ... I think this organization’s beginning to make a difference,” said Tom Sailors, leader of Preserve Convention Hall. “(City officials are) listening a little bit. They’re hearing, they’re seeing the letters to the editor and there’s been, I think, some weakening of their position.”

Sailors said at the meeting he was shocked to hear $120,000 was the lowest bid presented to the city for demolishing Convention Hall.

“I thought maybe 5 to 7 ($500,000 to $700,000) in that range,” he said.

Brent Price, who was at the meeting, said he was concerned about Enid having a building that would be able to house sporting events as well as concerts and other events.

“We do not have a place in Enid to have a good concert, acoustically speaking,” he said.

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