It could cost over $107,000 for the city to demolish and clean up the old Moe-Ze-On-Inn strip club on Pinewood Park Drive. Eight proposals were considered.
A report before council Tuesday was accepted and recommends Council approves "the awarding of a contract to Colin’s Haulage Inc. in the amount of $87,300 (plus HST) for abatement and demolition of the former Moe-Ze-On Inn; and that Council authorizes an additional contingency allowance of up to $20,000 (plus HST) for this contract for unknowns related to the demolition."
Colin's Haulage is from Hanmer, part of Greater Sudbury.
The City conducted a tax sale due to non-payment of taxes on the property but no bids were received as part of the tax sale process.
The club closed almost three years ago. Owner Jamie Simkins told BayToday at the time, "I've just had enough, I'm going back to contracting."
The main structure was built in the late '50's, and went under numerous names including "The Ranch", "Ponderosa", "Port of Spain" and the "Sweetwater."
When the city took it over it was deemed too unsafe even for the fire department to use for training purposes.
The area was fenced off to stop trespassers in accordance with the fire prevention act.
The contract with Colin’s Haulage Inc. does not include City landfill tipping fees, estimated at $65,000.00, to be charged directly to the project. All costs associated to the property are expected to be offset by any future proceeds from the sale of the lands.
The site was rezoned recently to allow a casino to be built on the property. The land across the street is also considered a prime location, however no firm decision has been made about where in the city a casino will be built.