Cost Of YMCA Demolition Increasing - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cost Of YMCA Demolition Increasing

SPOKANE, Wash. – The cost to demolish the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park is increasing after contractors found more asbestos in the building than they originally thought existed.

An asbestos abatement company sent demolition teams a letter last month informing them the cost of removal would be higher than anticipated. Parks Department administrators are in the process of amending the contract to pay for the overrun.

Contractors are asking the City for as much as $80,000 extra to remove additional asbestos. The City is also spending an extra $20,000 to tear down a nearby building. The total extras are expected to cost at least $100,000.

"We're still within budget," said park director Leroy Eadie. "We're not worried about that. We're going to watch the demolition costs carefully."

Eadie said the City wanted to spend $800,000 on demolition and $500,000 to build several look-out points on the Spokane River while planting trees and shrubs in the area.

The City is approaching the $800,000 mark. Any more increases could force the City to alter their plans for the land restoration.

"We might go back to a less expensive pathway (if costs continue to increase)," he said. "But at this point it doesn't look like it's going to compromise our restoration."

Any increase in the original contract will need to be approved by the full Parks Board. The board is scheduled to meet on Thursday.

Demolition crews have 75 days to tear down the building. Crews started working on February 10.

Despite recent snow and inclement weather, authorities said the demolition is still on track to finish within 75 days.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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