Time to demolish IRS building: Covington seeks demo company


The former Internal Revenue Service’s massive operations house in Covington will soon be joining the trash of history.

The town of Covington acquired the property last year, nearly a year after the IRS closed the 23-acre site north of Fourth Street between Madison Avenue in the east and Johnson Street in the west , with an adjacent parking lot west of Johnson reaching the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge approach.

The IRS opened the site in the late 1960s and was once Covington’s largest employer.

On Tuesday, the city issued a call for tenders (RFP) to companies to handle the demolition and address the site’s significant environmental challenges to make way for the redevelopment.

The proposals are expected on December 29 and the city hopes to make a decision a few weeks later.

“We can’t wait to get this project started,” said City Manager Ken Smith. “We have done careful deliberation to ensure that the site’s issues are understood and to ensure that the process of preparing the site for private development will produce the results we want, but now is the time to move on. following. phase and get ready to bring in the cranes and bulldozers.

The RFP is officially referred to as the “Covington Central Waterfront Demolition and Reduction Project”.

Once hired, the contractor will perform various tasks including:

  • Eliminate environmental risks. Some relate to the old tax preparation facility, and others relate to previous business transactions on the 160 properties that were tinkered with to create the site in the 1960s. The dangers include asbestos which is strewn in walls, floors and insulation in the sprawling one-story complex, three underground fuel tanks (500 gallons, 1,000 gallons and 2,000 gallons), a 3,000 gallon underground “vault” that was believed to be used to separate water and oil, lead paint, various chemicals, transformers, refrigerants, and devices containing mercury.
  • Save the site. Materials that can be reused, sold or recycled will be. Examples include copper wiring, oak railings, and HVAC equipment.
  • Demolition. This includes buildings, adjacent structures, landscaping, concrete tunnels, sidewalks and pavement.
  • Reclassification and backfilling of the site.

As the demolition and remediation work progresses, the city will begin the process of selecting and hiring an engineering company to develop the designs for the so-called horizontal infrastructure on the site, including including streets, sidewalks and utilities, Smith said. This work will take place simultaneously.

The city recently hired a third-party project manager – global multidisciplinary consulting firm JS Held – to oversee site preparation work for development, including helping to manage and coordinate project budget, schedule, security. , contracts, compliance, demolition and construction.

A concept plan created by Atlanta-based consultant Cooper Carry calls for a restored street grid; a dike park; a community place for festivals; a mix of buildings containing offices, retail stores, hotels and residential units; and the expansion of the adjacent Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

-Staff report


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