WALLINGFORD — The town is seeking a contractor to demolish the vacant Brothers Restaurant building.
The town advertised the bid last week. A pre-bid meeting was scheduled for this week and bids are due May 14.
“Typically, demolition is done by outside parties,” Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said Wednesday.
Public Works is overseeing the project. The former restaurant, 33 N. Cherry St., “has a lot of utilities hookups,” Dickinson said, including gas and electric.
“It is complicated,” he said, “and the environmental review had to be done. That’s another issue with any demolition — asbestos and other demolition byproducts.”
The town purchased the property last fall in a foreclosure auction for $411,000. Before the town bought the property, it had accumulated a tax lien of $34,422.
The property was sold “as is” by then-owner Ralph DeMatteo, who closed the restaurant in January 2017. The 7,258 square-foot building has a dining room, bar, two banquet rooms and two kitchens, according to town records.
Dickinson has said that the town plans to turn the property into a parking lot, increasing public parking by more than 40 spaces.
He said the additional parking would support downtown revitalization, including the Town Center District, Incentive Housing Zone and other transit-oriented projects.
Other recent demolition projects by outside firms include the old Civil Defense building and former Choate boathouse, both on Washington Street.