Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack said the contractor constructing the new building for the Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps is in default. On Tuesday, Gromack said Nikko Construction Corporation of Valley Cottage notified him at the end of last week that the company was in default and their bonding company was interviewing other contracting firms to finish the project.
“We’re told the bonding company is in discussion with another company to finish up,” said Gromack. “It’s really between him and his bonding company.”
The supervisor said the town is fully protected and the project will be completed with possibly a minor delay. Between 80 and 85 percent of the work has been done and the rest should be completed by late April or May. Contractors interested in finishing the headquarters project have to submit proposals to Nikko’s bonding company.
“We do anticipate the amount of work left is minimal,” said Gromack. “Apparently there are still some subs (subcontractors) that are out there doing work.”
He expects to hear within a week that a contractor has been selected for the remaining tasks which include finishing work such as taping sheetrock and landscaping.
The $2.9 million facility on Kings Highway in Congers will have four vehicle bays, office space, a secure computer operations area and secure file storage area. Its 9,350 square feet of space will also include a board room, ready room, multipurpose room for training, bunk room, decontamination room and general storage space.
The volunteer organization’s former building was demolished last year and construction began in late April. The responds to emergency calls from a temporary location on Route 9W in Congers.
Nikko Construction Corporation is described on its web site as a family owned and operated business founded in 1994.
We are general contractors who focus on municipal, industrial and commercial projects. Our principal work activities include selective and structural demolition; miscellaneous and structural steel fabrication and installation; all facets of masonry and concrete; complete sitework packages including, mass excavation, blasting, foundations, road work, asphalt paving, site lighting, curbs, walks and landscaping.
Completed projects as of 2008 included a three-story addition to the Salvation Army in West Nyack, gutting and new interior work for two Rockland BOCES structures, a 5,300-square-foot public works office building in Suffern and concrete work for the Lowe's Home Center in Nanuet.
According to the site, the principals of the business located on Route 303 have combined experience of more than 60 years. It is listed as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. Nikko worked on projects in Rockland, Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam counties and northern NJ. No one was available at the company late Tuesday to respond to questions.