| Central Penn Business Journal
Tire & Wheel demolition delayed a couple months
The owner of the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel factory in Carlisle is delayed in razing the vacant facility.
New York-based RE Invest Solutions spent the past months cleaning up the former tire factory at 621 N. College St. and readying it for demolition, Principal Tom Lobasso said. The company originally wanted demolition to begin this month.
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It could be more than a month before demolition crews begin razing the factory, though, as RE Invest continues searching for contractors, he said.
"We're reviewing so many different contracts that we're just trying to get the right companies to do the work," he said.
Each company has different opinions on how long the demolition and clean-up will take, so RE Invest wants to compare all the proposals, he said. The demolition will be complete this year, he said.
Luckily, the site itself doesn't present any problems, Lobasso said. RE Invest has redeveloped former aircraft manufacturing facilities, where the sensitivity of equipment required concrete floors that were 12 feet thick to prevent vibrations, he said. Something like that takes more time to demolish, but there are no similar issues at the Tire & Wheel site, he said.
On Tuesday night, Lobasso and other RE Invest staff gave a status update to about 75 residents in a forum sponsored by the community group Carlisle West Side Neighbors, business advocates Downtown Carlisle Association and the Downtown Neighborhood Connection, a nonprofit working with the borough's various neighborhood groups.
RE Invest bought the Tire & Wheel factory in November and vowed to redevelop it with new commercial properties. North Carolina-based Carlisle Cos. closed the factory in 2011.