Longview economic board picks contractor for reclamation of former hotel property

Released by LEDCO

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) board of directors unanimously voted to select Inland Environments, Ltd. of Kingwood, TX as the contractor for asbestos abatement and demolition of the property they recently purchased on the northwest corner of Estes Parkway and Interstate 20.

The property is the site of a Holiday Inn full-service hotel and a gas station, both of which have been vacant for several years. LEDCO acquired the 6.5 acre property for the purpose of redevelopment. This project will further their efforts to grow the Longview economy through the attraction and retention of business. 

Titanium Environmental completed a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment and found significant amounts of asbestos throughout the former hotel that must be safely removed prior to demolition of the building. Asbestos abatement is a process that requires specialized training and equipment as does the demolition of multi-storied buildings with underground piers. KSA Engineers designed the demolition plans for this project and assisted LEDCO in obtaining sealed proposals. 
"When the sealed proposals were opened, Inland's submittal totaled $898,913, the lowest of the five submitted; however, the selection of a contractor for this job was not taken lightly. Keeping costs down and hiring companies with expertise were both factors in the board's decision. The work that will be performed is highly specialized so we require a company that is qualified and experienced in this type of work. According to their work history and the references we received, Inland Environments is that company," said Keith Honey, LEDCO Board President. 
Upon purchase of the property, LEDCO began marketing it as an ideal location for corporate or regional headquarters facilities citing the ease of access to Interstate 20 and the East Texas Regional Airport as well as high visibility along the I-20 corridor. Reclamation work should begin in October and will take approximately five months.
Longview is two hours east of Dallas and one hour west of Shreveport, LA. The largest manufacturing employers are Trinity Industries, Eastman Chemical and Joy Global. 
LEDCO is the economic development organization for Longview, TX. If a local company is considering an expansion or if a business from outside the region wants to locate in Longview, LEDCO's professional staff is trained to assist them. Since 1999 LEDCO has financially assisted 49 existing companies and 22 new companies. These primary companies have invested over $335 million and created more than 3,900 direct jobs at their facilities. LEDCO is bringing new investment and jobs to Longview! 


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