|Article Last Updated: 12/28/2005 08:40 AM|
|Bridgeport firehouse gets fresh start with contractor|
|AARON LEO firstname.lastname@example.org|
|BRIDGEPORT — A new contractor has taken over construction of the firehouse on Boston Avenue, a project that was abandoned in June.|
M.A. New England LLC of Trumbull was hired for the stalled firehouse project near Old Mill Green earlier this month, after the surety firm holding the first contractor's bond spent several months looking for another builder.
"The majority of the original subcontractors have been retained," Caryn Kaufman, a spokeswoman for Mayor John M. Fabrizi, said of the renewed work being funded by the forfeited bond.
The structure is about 40 percent complete, she said. A definite completion date has not been set.
"It depends on how harsh a winter we have," she said.
The first contractor's $1.1 million bond is expected to cover the remaining work, Kaufman said.
The $3 million firehouse should have been completed by last May 15, but the contractor, White and Carr, of New York, walked off the job, leaving structural defects.
That company subsequently closed its doors, and its officials have all resigned, city officials have said.
The firm could face daily fines for abandoning the project, but it is not clear if the city will pursue penalties.
The fire station replaces a century-old firehouse on Putnam Street, said Provisional Fire Chief Brian P. Rooney.
He said he is happy to see progress. "We've been waiting and waiting to get this thing running," he said last week.
The firehouse is part of a $7.2 million neighborhood project that also includes a community center, library, playground and ball fields.
Aaron Leo, who covers regional issues, can be reached at 330-6222.