The Panther Valley School Board wants to tear down the deteriorating old industrial building next to its football stadium in Lansford, and eight companies are vying for the job.
School officials opened the bids on Monday and expect to award the project to the lowest responsible bidder when the board meets at 7 p.m. June 23, said business manager Kenneth R. Marx Jr.
The bidders and how much they are asking to do the job, ranging from lowest to highest, are: Ritter & Paratore, Utica, New York, $89,000; Penmar Systems, Northampton County, $123,900; Empire Services, Reading, Berks County, $133,420; Danair Inc., Lehighton, $141,000; Marcor Environmental, whose locations include Philadelphia, $149,000; Summit Hill Sanitation, Summit Hill, $207,863; Bill Anskis Co., Elysburg, Northumberland County, $217,000; and Grand Prix Excavating, Tamaqua, $241,000.
The school board on May 26 voted to seek bids for the demolition. The school district bought the building, at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, for about $800 at a Carbon County tax sale in June 2010. The building had been owned by Bennett Verta Jr., who had planned to operate an industrial soap factory, Everbrite Industries, there. He eventually lost the building to back taxes.
The red brick building has been deteriorating for years. Large portions of the roof are gone, and the walls closest to the stadium appear to be bowed. School officials were concerned for the safety of those attending events at the football stadium.
The school district had to have barrels of chemicals removed from the building. That was done in December, when a hazardous materials contractor for the state Department of Environmental Protection began to clear industrial chemicals, including various acids and hydrogen peroxide and other materials, from the building.