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Rebecca Webster/Recorder staff AIDA executive director Jody Zakrevsky finishes his report to the board Thursday.


Former United Way building the topic at AIDA meeting

Friday, March 29, 2013 - Updated: 4:28 PM


Recorder News Staff

The Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency held its monthly meeting in City Hall Thursday and the agency is working hard to rehabilitate the former United Way building downtown.

The building, located at 44-46 East Main St., has undergone asbestos work and air monitoring over recent weeks, and Jody Zakrevsky, executive director the agency, said about 14 contractors picked up drawings and specifications for the general construction of the rehab.

Three companies submitted bids, Zakrevsky said.

"Jody went over the bids and explained them to us, and Jody also called the bidders," said Pat Baia earlier in the meeting, adding that Zakrevsky questioned the bidders on what an added "other category" entailed.

Baia said the category referred to things like administrative work, transportation, and margins.

This third piece set the bids apart, Baia said, and after calling the low bidder in, the Buildings and Grounds Committee made their recommendation for approval.

Zakrevsky said there are three grants that have been received for the buildings rehabilitation: one from the New York State Empire State Development for $225,000, one from the New York State Department of State for $200,000, and another from the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency for $120,000.

But there is a time crunch, specifically for the URA grant.

"That has to be spent and checks sent to the contractors before May 30," he said. "Whatever they don't get done by May 30 they will not reimburse us for. They require a 25 percent match of which we're going to be using one of the other grants as part of the match for that."

Zakrevsky reminded the board that the grant had been received by the URA and was originally supposed to expire at the end of December, but the state granted an extension to the URA to help AIDA, along with other businesses on Main Street, finish up their projects that were being funded by the URA's grant.

"That time-frame is still there. It didn't go away even those process is taking us longer than we thought," he said, adding later, "We've got to expedite this as quickly as possible."

Following Zakrevsky's comments, the board entered into discussion on the agency's cash flow and evaluations by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

A resolution later passed to allow AIDA to enter into a contract with a chosen bidder for an amount not to exceed $341,400 on the building's construction.


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