Omnibus Demolition Project
Tarentum Borough council has budgeted $150,000 in FY2019, $140,000 in FY2020 and $240,000 in FY2021 for property demolition. Follow the demolition project here for status updates, cost analysis and more information.
DEMOLITION BID NOTICE TARENTUM BOROUGH – August 5, 2021 Sealed bids will be received at the Tarentum Borough Building, 318 E 2nd Avenue, Tarentum, Pennsylvania no later than 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 26, 2021 and publicly opened at that time for the Tarentum Borough Omnibus Demolition Project, Phase #2021.4. The
DEMOLITION BID RESULTS – TARENTUM BOROUGH Sealed bids were received and opened at the Tarentum Borough Building, 318 E 2nd Avenue, Tarentum, Pennsylvania at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 21, 2020. The UNOFFICIAL bid results, pending document submission, bid review and reference checks, are as follows. Note that the bid tabulation
DEMOLITION BID NOTICE TARENTUM BOROUGH – August 5, 2021
Sealed bids will be received at the Tarentum Borough Building, 318 E 2nd Avenue, Tarentum, Pennsylvania no later than 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 26, 2021 and publicly opened at that time for the Tarentum Borough Omnibus Demolition Project, Phase #2021.4.
The successful bidder(s) shall furnish all work, services, materials and related items necessary to complete the full demolition and site clearance of three (3) residential properties. Tarentum Borough will award to the lowest responsible bidder.
The Borough reserves the right to waive any informality, accept the bid(s) deemed most favorable to the Borough or to reject any or all bids. Each bidder must deposit with his bid a bid bond or certified check in an amount as outlined in the specifications.
/s/Michael L. Nestico, Borough Manager
Tarentum Borough is actively working to revamp the makeup of our tax base. We hope to build a foundation for a strong, sustainable tax base for many years to come. To that end, the Borough plans to complete a large-scale demolition project which will carry through the next several years. Beginning in 2019, the Borough identified over 30 properties to begin this endeavor.
As we progress forward, the Borough hopes to play a role in the re-correction of our own economy and residential housing market. Through this project we plan to eliminate dangerous and deteriorated properties which create safety concerns and diminish property values. The Borough hopes to create larger plots of land to allow neighbors or developers a greater opportunity for community investment. A significant portion of our focus remains allocated to side-yard opportunities which put vacant property back in the hands of residents.
The Tarentum Omnibus Demolition Project was implemented in 2019 with a budget of $150,000. In 2020, the Borough allocated an additional $140,000 toward this project. In 2021, the Borough plans to allocate an additional $110,000 to this project.
Side Yard Candidates
The properties listed below are just a small sample of possible side yard projects. We hope to find interested neighbors to acquire lots adjacent to their property. This would improve the character of the neighborhood and increase the property value of the surrounding properties.
437 E 7th
515 E 5th Rear
The side yard project within the Borough is administered via the Vacant Property Recovery program offered through Allegheny County Redevelopment. This program allows individuals, municipalities, community groups, local businesses, and private and nonprofit developers to acquire neighboring properties and structures which are vacant and tax delinquent. The program assists buyers with forgiving outstanding taxes, liens and other obligations on the property so that it can be re-acquired and put back on the tax rolls with a new owner.
Public Bidding Documents
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.4 – Deadline August 26, 2021 (2:00 PM)
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.1 Bid Tabulation Revised – December 21, 2020
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.2 Bid Tabulation Revised – December 21, 2020
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.3 Bid Tabulation Revised – December 21, 2020
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.1 – Deadline December 21, 2020 (2:00 PM)
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.2 – Deadline December 21, 2020 (2:00 PM)
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #2021.3 – Deadline December 21, 2020 (2:00 PM)
Asbestos Testing 2020 RFP #01 Bid Tabulation – August 21, 2020
Asbestos Testing 2020 RFP #01 – Deadline August 21, 2020
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #1 Bid Tabulation – October 18, 2019
Omnibus Demolition Project Phase #1 – Deadline October 18, 2019
Asbestos Testing 2019 RFP #01 – Deadline July 1, 2019
Tarentum considering buying demolition equipment – March 6, 2019
Tarentum expected to hire contractor for building demolitions – April 3, 2019
Dozens of vacant Tarentum buildings targeted for demolition – May 17, 2019
Tarentum volunteers taking action on abandoned houses – May 28, 2019
Tarentum eyes 33 properties for demolition this summer – June 5, 2019
Tarentum to check for asbestos in buildings eyed for demolition – July 19, 2019
Asbestos could limit Tarentum demolitions – August 6, 2019
Tarentum to begin seeking bids for building demolitions – October 1, 2019
Tarentum awards contract for 23 building demolitions – November 20, 2019
Demolition of abandoned Tarentum houses underway – December 6, 2019
Tarentum eyeing more demolitions as work on 23 properties wraps up – November 8, 2020
Tarentum awards 2 contracts to tear down 16 blighted buildings – January 9, 2021
The publication below provides valuable insight on the true cost of abandoned properties:
Understanding the True Costs of Abandoned Properties | Aaron Klein | January 2017
On quantifying costs of vacant structures: “These costs may appear self evident at first – the reduction in property value for the building, for neighbors, for the community – but they are often broader than commonly appreciated: major costs stem from increased crime and arson generated from abandoned properties.”
Four effects of deteriorated properties: “1. Reduction in property value of surrounding homes 2. Increased crime 3. Increased probability of fire 4. Reduced tax base for local governments”