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Crystal Lake City Council to vote on accepting demolition services for Dole Avenue House

The Crystal Lake City Council is set to vote Tuesday on accepting a Chicago-based company’s donation of demolition services for the home where police said 5-year-old AJ Freund was beaten to death by his parents.

The city first opened and publicly read bids received for the demolition of the building at 94 S. Dole Ave. According to an agenda supplement for the meeting, several days after the bids were received and opened, city staff was contacted by Green Demolition Contractors Inc., which offered to donate the services needed to demolish the structure.

If the offer is accepted by the council, Green Demolition would “completely demolish” the house. The city’s original demolition bid, according the agenda supplement, included all accessory structures, concrete walks, driveway and landscape beds. The company also would be responsible for abandoning utilities such as water, sewer and electricity and the site would be leveled, graded and seeded.

Although Green Demolition is donating its services, the proposed agreement requires the city to pay $10 to create a binding contract between them and the company.

Crystal Lake did receive six bids from other companies. If council members agree to accept the donated services, they will need to formally reject the other bids the council received. The lowest bidder, Alpine Demolition Services in St. Charles, would have cost $18,700.

Demolition of the house at Dole Avenue has been in the works since July, as the Northwest Herald has previously reported, as this is when city officials filed their request to tear down the 1,376-square-foot single-family home. The city estimated it would cost more to bring the house “up-to-code” than it would cost to knock it down.

Before demolition, asbestos containing building materials need to be removed from the house. The city surveyed the building and found two areas, the bathroom and basement, that contained asbestos material. Environmental Cleansing Corp. proposed removing the asbestos materials for $5,500.

The City Council also is scheduled Tuesday to vote on authorizing executing a contract with Environmental Cleansing Corporation.

The Crystal Lake City Council is set to meet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall building at 100 W Woodstock St.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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