Bids taken to demolish 1726 W. Colorado

       The city began advertising Dec. 20 for bids from contractors to demolish the house at 1726 W. Colorado Ave.

Helping keep the fire from spreading to adjoining houses, firefighters work on the roof at 1726 W. Colorado Ave. Dec. 7, 2008. The 110-year-old building has not been officially inhabited since and is scheduled for demolition by mid-February.
Westside Pioneer photo

       According to a city press release, the bids will be opened Jan. 10. Between then and Feb. 14, a contractor will be selected and the demolition completed, the release states.
       Built in 1903, the house had been a rental property until a fire in December 2008 that caused an estimated $140,000 damage.
       The structure has been uninhabited (although animals have been known to get in) since then. The Fire Department at one point declared it a total loss, and the Regional Building Department has condemned it and declared it a dangerous building.
       Steve Bodette of City Engineering said in interviews in the past year that he hoped to work with the owner, Mark Cunningham, on restoring the structure, or to find someone else to buy it, but neither came to pass.
       Other complicating issues were the need for asbestos abatement and that 1726 was once a meth house, Bodette said.
       Under city rules, the property owner will be charged for the demolition cost.

Westside Pioneer/press release