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Work Continues On Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps Despite Contractor’s Financial Woes

Bonding company deciding which of two firms will replace original contractor.

 

Clarkstown Pubic Works Administrator Ed Lettre expects to know within the next day or so which contractor has been selected by the bonding company to finish the construction of the new headquarters for the .  The original contractor, Nikko Construction Corp. of Valley Cottage, notified the town in late February that it was having financial difficulties and was in default.

According to town officials, Nikko’s bonding company asked other contracting firms to submit bids to complete the project.  Lettre said the bonding company is now deciding between two contractors, both of which are acceptable to the town. The town could veto the bonding company’s selection of a contractor.

Lettre noted despite the default work has continued on the project on Kings Highway.  He said since the bonding company has taken over, it insures that the workers will be paid.

“The unions have kept workers on,” he said. “We’re not going to lose any time.”

Lettre said the involvement of the bonding company means the change of contractor will not cost the town any additional money and that the town’s contractual obligations for the project will be met.

The bulk of the work on the 9,350 square-foot-building – construction, alarm installation, plumbing, electrical and siding - has been completed. The remaining work includes painting, trim, spackling, parking lot paving and landscaping, which Lettre anticipates will be done in six to eight weeks close to the original completion date of April 15.

Mike Hirsch March 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
If that is true, which I have no idea, then their supposed financial dilemma must predate the start of this construction project.
dennis March 09, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Mike goggle Nikko construction march 26
Watchdog March 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
How did this company get the job and how did they get bonded when, as Mike says, it appears they have been in trouble for some time. It would take at least two years for the bank to foreclose and. Sell the assets. And Lettre onLY finds out a few weeks ago? FISHY FISHY.
Mike Hirsch March 09, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I am very sorry to hear that. It's a very difficult time in the construction industry. Business is down for all of us.
Mike Hirsch March 09, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I am not a fan of Ed Lettre, but you can't pin this one on him. The bonding company obviously either did not do their due diligence or were mislead.

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