$1.074 million Jacksonville Landing demolition contract ready for committee vote

City Public Works Department recommends D.H. Griffin for the project.

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D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co. Inc. is the city’s selection to demolish The Jacksonville Landing, an agenda released for Thursday’s General Government Awards Committee meeting shows. 

If the committee votes to approve the Department of Public Works recommendation, D.H. Griffin would start site work 10 calendar days after the city sends the contractor a written notice to begin.

Plant City-based D.H. Griffin bid $1.074 million to tear down the shuttered Downtown shopping mall, one of seven sealed bids received by the 2 p.m. June 14 deadline. 

According to the meeting agenda, the committee also will vote to reject low bidder Pece of Mind Environmental Inc of Orlando. The company, who bid $978,200, failed to submit a list of licensed subcontractors as required by the bid specifications. 

In an email sent Wednesday, city Director of Public Affairs Nikki Kimbleton said no additional information about the company will be released before the vote. Committee approval is the final step before the bid is awarded.

The bid award and low bid rejection will be considered as part of the committee’s consent agenda during its 1 p.m. Thursday meeting on the eighth floor of the Ed Ball Building at 214 N. Hogan St.

Griffin was the second-lowest bid, more than $400,000 below the $1.5 million the City Council allotted in March for the demolition.

 One business —BBVA bank — remains in operation at the Landing. The city will ask Griffin to do a phased demolition to ensure the bank can continue normal operations until its vacate date of Oct. 28. 

The city reached a $450,000 lease buyout agreement with bank officials on June 12.