DPS will begin demolition on 10 vacant schools beginning in April, creating more than 100 new jobs

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools will begin demolition on 10 vacant schools from April through June 2010, ridding neighborhoods of blight and creating more than 100 new jobs.

Through the demolition projects, which are funded through the 1994 bond program, the school system expects contractors to employ about 288 people.

About 107 of those are to be newly hired in the area of abatement labor and trucking haulers.

The district also has established a hiring target of 100 percent Detroit residents and will assist the contractors in meeting this goal.

“These demolitions are an all-around positive development for the city,” said Robert Bobb, Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager. “They will rid neighborhoods of potentially dangerous structures that have stood as eyesores for far too long. But equally important, they will bring jobs to city residents that desperately need them.”
The 10 buildings total 487,696 square feet at a project cost of $2,783,860.20, including abatement, demolition and site restoration.

Nearly three-quarters of the bids were awarded to companies located in Detroit or headquartered in Detroit. The amount awarded to Detroit-Located Companies was $1,406,561.20 (50.5%), while the amount awarded to a Detroit-Headquartered Business/Minority-owned business was $645,700.00 (23.2%).

The following companies were awarded bids on the accompanying demolition projects:
School Name, Contractor Name
Ferry, Farrow Group
Owen, Homrich, Inc.
Newberry, Farrow Group
Woodward Elementary, Able Demolition
Sherrard & Breitmeyer, Beal, Inc.
Detroit City HS, Able Demolition
Sanders, Homrich , Inc.
Scripps, Able Demolition
Angell, Able Demolition

Project Information fast facts:
Number of buildings to be demolished: 10
Total Square Footage: 487,696
Total Abatement & Demolition Project Cost: $2,783,860.20
Economic Impact Information
Number of Bidders: 10
Number of Awarded Companies: 4
Number of MBE/DHB Awarded Companies: 1 for $645,700.00 (23.2%)
Number of Detroit-located Awarded Companies: 2 for $1,406,561.20 (50.5%)
Total Anticipated Contracted Work Force: 288 (181 existing, 107 new positions)
Project-Target for Jobs Created to Detroit Residents: 107 (100%)
Employment Sector for Jobs Created: Abatement Laborers, Trucking Haulers

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