Firm chosen for ‘Exit 29’ site

Former Beech-Nut factory in Canajoharie on the exit 29 side is shown in this photo from Jan. 2018. ( The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

FONDA — After interviewing multiple applicants to perform professional engineering services at the former Beech-Nut/Exit 29 Redevelopment site, Montgomery County has selected LiRo Engineers Inc.

According to a news release, LiRo Engineers will act as the county’s on-site representative and directly monitor the activities of all personnel and subcontractors as necessary to perform and complete demolition of the site.

Their responsibilities will include updating the asbestos and hazardous waste assessment, preparation of plans, specifications bid documents and construction inspection for asbestos abatement.

“Our team was very thorough while reviewing the RFQ’s submitted for this project,” said Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive. “LiRo seemed like the best fit due to their experience and success with completing projects of a similar scale to the Exit 29 Redevelopment site. I’m excited we’ve completed this next step.”

The Montgomery County Exit 29 Request for Qualifications Steering Committee selected LiRo because of their qualifications. Some of those qualifications include the demolition and abatement of the 800,000 square-foot former Spaulding Fibre Site in Tonawanda, which is a very similar to the former Beech-Nut facility.

LiRo has Extensive experience,” said Ken Rose, Montgomery County Business Development Center CEO. “This firm is familiar with the many state agencies that will be involved with this project and I’m confident in their skill set.”

“The village and I feel all the interviews that these people gave an excellent presentation,” said Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery. “We are very comfortable with the selection of this firm and we feel they will do an excellent job.”

The county had previously worked on a clean up plan at the site, hauling away piles of debris that were located at the exterior of the property.

By Kerry Minor

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