MU announces contractor, timeline for University Village demolition
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced a contractor Thursday for the demolition of the University Village apartment complex.
The university awarded the demolition to Marschel Wrecking out of Fenton, near St. Louis. The contract is worth $378,940, which was the company's original bid opened on June 19.
Work to demolish the complex will begin Monday July 21. The university said work will begin with putting up fences and removing asbestos from the apartments in preparation for demolition.
The bid from Marschel Wrecking was the lowest bid of the 10 bids the university received. The most expensive bid came from JC Industries out of Jefferson City at just over $1.5 million.
Bids submitted to the university, including the one from Marschel Wrecking, accounted for the cost of demolition and asbestos removal in addition to the cost of recycling half of the demolished material.
The university closed University Village on June 30 in preparation for the demolition. Residents still living in the apartments moved out on that date.
One resident said University Village gave him $150 to help with moving expenses.
MU Chancellor R. Bowin Loftin made the decision to demolish the apartments in March after a walkway collapsed during an evacuation of building 707 on February 22, killing Columbia firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.