The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is hoping to deal with its most blighted properties in a more sustainable way by having them deconstructed and recycled instead of demolished and sent to a landfill. The first round of bids includes three houses for deconstruction, and organizers are hoping that the pilot program will grow and result in a boost for jobs and job training opportunities in Onondaga County.
The Land Bank said in a statement that it hopes the deconstructions will help return more materials into the local economy and boost economic activity, in addition to helping the environment. But deconstruction is a much more involved process than completely razing the unsightly and hazardous properties. Katelyn Wright, Executive Director of the Land Bank, says contractors need to remember what might seem obvious:
That can be a challenge on small city lots on narrow streets. But Wright says there appears to be plenty of interest, and she’s already taken inquiries over the phone and via e-mail. The Land Bank is handling the bidding and sales process in a method similar to many government contractors – the most attractive bidder (often the one with the most resources at its disposal) wins in the end.
Shattell wondered after this week’s information session if the competitive bid process will work for this fledgling industry in Syracuse: