Greater Syracuse Land Bank Seeks Bidders for Deconstruction of Blighted Houses

The Greater Syracuse Land Bank has issued a request for proposals from bidders interested in deconstructing blighted houses.

A pre-bid meeting hosted at the Syracuse Center of Excellence from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM next Tuesday, July 8th will provide an opportunity for interested contractors to ask questions about the deconstruction program, get guidance on deconstruction methods, and make contact with recyclers and others that may utilize the deconstructed building materials. The request for proposals can be viewed on the Land Bank’s website: http://syracuselandbank.org/contractors/

The Land Bank estimates approximately 20% of the structures it acquires subsequent to the City’s tax foreclosure proceedings will be too far deteriorated to feasibly be renovated. Traditionally these would be demolished and sent to the landfill. This year the Land Bank is running a pilot program through which it hopes to deconstruct six homes in order to explore deconstruction as an environmentally sustainable alternative to demolition.

This program is supported by financial assistance from the Office of the New York Attorney General and the County of Onondaga and technical assistance from the Syracuse Center of Excellence’s Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (CSCS) and Construction Materials Management Center (CMMC). Deconstruction is meant to maximize the amount of material from each home that is diverted from the landfill and recycled or reused. In addition to the environmental benefits, deconstruction is expected to create more local jobs and job skills training opportunities than traditional demolition and it is hoped that returning materials into the local economy will generate more economic activity than traditional demolition.