Contracts for the demolition of old prisons begin this month

BRANCH COUNTY — County Administrator Bud Norman told commissioners the “old jail” will be finally demolished by Aug. 17, after the commission approves the final contracts necessary to complete the work.

The 70-year-old building, which closed in October 2021 when the new jail opened, is located on Marshall Road in front of the new facility.

Handy Excavating of Quincy was the lowest of six bids at $325,500, and Detroit-area Right Way was the subcontractor to remove and legally dispose of asbestos from the old building.

The Commissioners awarded the main order on May 28.

Norman said the top three bids were under $500,000, and he and engineers estimated the value of the project.