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Public Meeting Held On Vacant Bedford Water Plant

Last updated on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

(BEDFORD) - Demolishing old structures can prove expensive.

Bedford's outdated water plant on the west side of M Street has been vacant since 2000, is in a state of disrepair, and harbors environmental issues that must be addressed.

Asbestos is among the materials that must be removed.

A public meeting was held at the Board of Works meeting Monday afternoon to address concerns the public might have.

There were none.

Utilities Director Misty Adams says the site has become unsafe and is a target for vandals.

"It has been vacated since 2000," Adam says. "There is a million gallon water tank inside and we can no longer secure the building."

Trena Carter of Administrative Resources Association will submit a grant application available to remove blighted buildings through disaster recovery funds.

"It will be competitive, but if we don't apply we will not get it," Carter told the board. "So we need to give it our best shot."

Carter estimated the cost of demolition at approximately $197,000. the city would be responsible for 10 percent of the costs, if the city receives the grant.

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