Congers Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps. Construction Temporarily Halted

Town says contractor is in default.


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. 

Tony T February 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Nikko Construction.....I wonder what political hack's brother-in-law owns that company?
Scott Walters February 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Gosh..I thought is was LOWE's....
William Demarest (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Members of the Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps are eagerly awaiting the opening of the new facility so they can move out of their cramped temporary quarters on Route 9W in Congers. They have been hoping to open the facility in April.
GWashington February 29, 2012 at 01:09 PM
$2.9 million? $2.9 million??? To house one of the smallest Corps in the County? New City financed its own building independently at 1/3rd the cost, 1/3rd. That's 66% less than the cost of this building. This is what happens when GOVERNMENT gets involved - money is no object. This is what happens when the Ambulance Districts became a tax line item about 15 years ago; spending became a way of life. No longer do the Corps rely on the donations of the citizens, they just wait for the checks from the Town of Clarkstown. Shame on all involved for allowing this much tax-payer money to be spent. Don't need to hear the bleeding-heart business about saving lives. I know how the system works and more than likely, the mutual-aid call will go out to Nyack or New City. Shame.
William Demarest (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Clarkstown estimates that it saved the taxpayers $1 million on the new ambulance building by financing the project at the town level, instead of the ambulance corps going out to borrow money on its own.
George C February 29, 2012 at 02:15 PM
That may be true but the total cost is still close to 3 million, which when you look at the building, seems VERY expensive. And once again the taxpayer has to pay for it. I applaud the members for the time they give. I would rather them have a less extravagant building, and give the volunteers a bigger tax break.
Mike Hirsch February 29, 2012 at 02:33 PM
What does being in default mean? It is not good when a bonding company takes over a job because they generally take the lowest possible bidder and it takes forever for the bonding company and the new contractor to complete the project. Furthermore, I suppose the reason that the project is very expensive is that it's probably a prevailing wage job, which is just another name for a union job, which generally costs about 35 to 40% more than a non-union job. There are literally hundreds of construction projects in the state that are not moving forward because of state law requiring jobs such as this to be prevailing wage, and the different organizations seeking to build these projects don't have the funds to pay this union surcharge. Of course this is all connected to the power that the construction unions hold over our elected representatives because of their campaign contributions. Alex, if you'd like the benefit of my expertise with bonding companies, please give me a call.
Neil G February 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
First let me start off by saying "Kudos and Congrats...Finally" to all of the men and woman who volunteer at this Corps. I know that this project has been a long time coming! On another note, as a losing and bitter bidder for this project and several other projects as of late, I couldn't be happier that this "Take The Low Bidder Policy" might finally be showing itself in the way these projects are awarded. In the construction industry, especially lately, I've noticed many projects being awarded to these types of bidders (the ones that cut below all other bidders by a wide margin). Maybe one day in the not so distant future we will see a real competitive bidding and award process based not just on "price" or "who you know", but maybe on track record and referrals as well................ Yeah Right, who am I kidding! Anonymous Bidder (You know who I am :)
Mike Hirsch February 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Neil, as a construction professional, I think it is appropriate to award a contract to the lowest qualified bidder. I don't know Nikko personally and have never heard anything negative about them, though most of my work is not in the County. My question is what does being in default really mean? Is the company on the rocks financially, or is it just this one project?
Mike Hirsch February 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
True, if it's well below, it deserves more scrutiny. I didn't mean to imply that the company was in trouble. They may have separated this project from other ones and be able to just let this one flounder.
Neil G February 29, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Could be
Jonny March 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I subbed for Nikko and they are bad payers I am still owed over 40,000 dollars from work done over the summer time. They make up excuses and have every excuse in the book. They are crooks
Jonny March 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The bonding company was paying that job also
Mike Hirsch March 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Thanks for the info Jonny.


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