The sudden closure of an Albany based construction company leaves the renovation of the Saratoga Springs Police Department in limbo. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Matt Hunter has more on what's needed to move the project forward.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Officials were caught off guard by Friday's news that Eastern Building Group, the contractor hired to renovote the city police department, was permanently halting all operations.
“We were completely surprised by the move and obviously it's a big disappointment," Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen said Tuesday.
"Their president called our architect on our project and explained Eastern Building was closing its doors effective 3:00 p.m. on Friday and would not be returning," City Attorney Sarah Burger said.
The sudden departurue leaves the project at a standstill. Crews were working to renovate the building so administrative staff could move upstairs, creating more room for other departments.
"There will be more room for their operations and it will improve their security," Mathiesen said.
The city had yet to make payment on its $391,563 contract with Eastern. There's some concern subcontractors might abandon the project if a new general contractor isn't found quickly.
"The general contractor had begun the abatement process but unfortunately was not far enough along to allow any of our subcontractors to perform any of their respective tasks," Burger said.
Phone calls and emails sent to Eastern company executives were not returned to Time Warner Cable News Tuesday.
Burger has been in contact with an attorney from the insurance and bonding company that represents Eastern. That company would be responsible for covering the cost associated with the city moving to a new contractor.
"That attorney is doing his own investigation to try to get to the bottom of the situation so that everyone can move forward,” Burger said.
Initially, the project was expected to be complete by early Fall. While that date remains in question, officials stress the delay has zero impact on public safety.
"It's more the administrative end that it's impacted by this,” Mathiesen said. “We're still operating, we're just under less than ideal conditions."