The Holland Lane Parking Garage has been closed for months after city officials were told there were structural problems with the monolithic building. It is set for demolition by Urco Inc., the company doing the demolition of the old Aracoma Hotel.
The parking garage was built in the early 1980s at a cost of $2.5 million. Now, 30 years later, the city still owes $2 million, but the bank has agreed to allow the city to have the building torn down.
On Monday, the mayor said city attorney Kendal Partlow was meeting with Logan Bank and Trust’s attorney in regards to the bank's concerns about the safety of the mini-bank located next to the garage.
The mayor said contractors with Mike Urioste's Urco Incorporated have been getting ready for the demolition so that work can start possibly as soon as the legal agreements are completed.
"They are doing preliminary work on the parking building, and right now, City Attorney Kendal Partlow is in a meeting with LB&T's attorney on a final agreement with them about their property, to try and hash this agreement out. When that is completed that will be the last piece of the puzzle that has tob e completed. After that, the project will move forward," Mayor Nolletti said on Monday morning.
Nolletti said work hauling debris and rubble away from the Aracoma hotel was off to a good start late last week.
"They started hauling the rubble off on Saturday," Nolletti said. "They worked through Sunday evening and removed a lot of it. People should see a huge difference now and hopefully in about two or three days most of it will be gone. They will then start on the basement. They will have to tear the floor off and then they will see what they have to do with the basement itself, whether they will have to tear the basement foundation out or if it can be utilized. "
Last week it was confirmed that hotel owner Hari Dhiman was considering using some of the debris for a filler to build a new foundation for a new hotel. However plans will have to wait a bit to see what the property is like when the rubble is gone. The work site is currently being split between Urco's demoltion crew and a construction crew working on starting a foundation for the new state governement building on the site where the old Pioneer hotel used to be.
"Harry is supposed to be in this afternoon," Nolletti said. "They have to remove the rubble to design the building. The contractors will be able to get in there and see what they can do with the site when the rubble is cleared away. "
The Aracoma was an historic hotel which was built in 1917. It burned and partially collapsed in November of 2010.