Metro-East News

Collinsville’s Martha Manning building to be razed soon

The Collinsville City Council took a big step toward the planned uptown Garden District on Monday night when it approved a motion to authorize the contract for demolition of the city-owned Martha Manning Warehouse and Main Square Apartments, 701-703 W. Main St.

Joe Coleman Salvage & Demolition will be awarded $167,825 to raze the buildings within 45 days. The city has never worked with Coleman, the lowest bidder for the project, but Uptown Coordinator Leah Joyce said during the meeting that the company provided nearly three pages of references.

Other companies to bid for the project include:

Complete Demolition Services for $174,831

Stutz Excavating for $211,568

Hayes Construction for $215,129.50

S. Shafer Excavating Inc. for $227,700

ECC Demolition for $278,444

Omega for $298,230

Petroff Co. for $311,000

Councilman Mike Tognarelli has previously said the plan for the Garden District is to level those buildings to put in businesses with lofts above.

Mayor John Miller has previously said residents are going to see a lot happening in uptown during the next three to four years.

“The Collins House is going to be moved west onto that corner and that corner is going to be considered what we call Collins Park and it’s going to be rededicated as a welcome center for the city of Collinsville because that’s kind of the western entrance coming into our uptown area,” Miller said. “We’re making great strides to readdress how the uptown looks and flourishes with new businesses.”

The council also unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the waiver of fees for the construction of a single family home on Blackjack Street. City Manager Scott Williams said during the meeting that six or seven other houses on this street had been purchased, demolished and replaced with affordable housing.

This ordinance was an example of the incentives the city gives to developers to improve largely older areas, like Blackjack Street. Council members Tognarelli, Miller and Nancy Moss expressed their feelings about the benefit ordinances like this bring to the city.

In other business, the Collinsville Woman’s Club and Junior Service Club presented Collinsville Area Ministerial Alliance, or CAMA, with a check for $8,540.24, which was collected as a part of the Empty Bowl fundraiser. Miller proclaimed April 7 as National Service Recognition Day.

There will not be another council meeting until after Easter and the election.