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Jackson City Requires another $280,000 for Asbestos Removal

Ackson, MI – The Jackson city has to pay $280,000 more than anticipated to cleanup asbestos from the old Consumers Energy building.

According to Larry Shaffer, the city manager, the quantity of asbestos in the building was underestimated by a contractor. Another contractor requested an order change for $280,000, Shaffer said.

The cost of asbestos removal would be in excess of $1.1 million. The city has decided to tear down the building at 212 W. Michigan Ave.

The work has been halted since last summer because of inquiry into the copper robbery and accusations made by the detained project manager regarding the work practices of contractor Dore and Associates.

Dore and Associates Contracting won the asbestos abatement contract with an $846,000 bid, which was almost $500,000 lower than the second lowest bid. Bids had been submitted by six companies.