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Remodeling Begins On Cassia Judicial Center

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Work crews started cleaning up some asbestos in the old Swensens Market in Burley today. That's in preparation for the old grocery store to be remodeled into a judicial center.

There's been plenty of talk and preparation, and now work has finally begun on the Cassia County Judicial Center. Starr Corporation won the low bid of just over $1.8 million for the project. But before they can get started, work crews need to get the lead and asbestos out of the building.

Cassia County Administrator Kerry McMurray says, "There was a small amount of some lead-based paint, some tile and mastic, which is the glue that holds the tile down, that has some asbestos in it, that needs to be removed."

McMurray says the removal should only take a couple of days. He says Cassia County is hammering out the very last details of the contract with Starr Corporation, which he says are related to insurance and bonding for the project.

McMurray says, "It's a 210 day construction period, so from the time that we give Starr Corporation the notice to proceed, which we'll be pretty close to the same day the agreement is signed, 210 days to complete the project."

That translates to about seven months. So if all goes well, the renovation could be finished sometime in August. In the meantime, McMurray says it shouldn't take long at all to work out the contract details before the Cassia County Commissioners meet again next Monday, January 7th.

McMurray says the planning process has gone very smoothly, and Cassia County is excited to see the remodeling officially begin.

Jan. 2, 2013.


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