By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
WEBB CITY, Mo. —
Need a used set of kitchen cabinets? How about a dozen doorknobs? You can find them in Webb City homes that will be demolished later this summer.
The Webb City Council last week approved a proposal to accept salvage bids for seven properties on Hall Street, Centennial Avenue and Fourth Street that must be removed for road and roundabout construction projects. The council preferred the notion of “recycling” rather than sending all of it to the landfill, according to City Clerk Kim DeMoss.
“We’ll be demolishing those homes but some still have good doors, good windows, good things inside that could be reused,” she said. “We’re trying to recycle. It’s a shame when things are just bulldozed and nobody can ever use it again.”
The houses, which Public Works Director Eddie Kreighbaum estimated to be a range of ages between 50 and 100 years old, are at 624 S. Hall St., 838 S. Hall St., 416 S. Centennial, 418 S. Centennial, 606 E. Fourth St., 608 E. Fourth St. and 605 E. Fourth St. The city purchased them this year.
The bid process opened Friday for individuals, organizations or businesses interested in obtaining salvage rights. Bids are due by July 13 and must be submitted at City Hall, attention Kim DeMoss. The houses will be open to those interested in viewing the interiors on July 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“We just don’t want everything to be destroyed completely,” DeMoss said.
The concept is one that has caught on in the past few years.
Prior to demolition of the Pittsburg State University president’s house in 2010, items that could be reused for housing, including light fixtures, doors, storm doors and ceiling fans, were given to Crawford County Habitat for Humanity.
Items that could be resold, including cabinetry, garage door openers and appliances were given to the SEK Recycling Center to be sold at its thrift store.
The contractor that demolished the house also salvaged whatever remained that could be used.
A similar approach was taken with the demolition of the East Campus Apartments. Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, said extra steps were taken to locate and recycle materials like copper, steel, wire, bricks and concrete.
About 90 to 100 tons of materials were kept out of the landfill as a result.
The Joplin Habitat ReStore, 315 S. Black Cat Road, also frequently accepts donations of building materials that are new or in good condition, working appliances, and household furnishings in good condition for resale to the public.
Inquiries about any of the Webb City properties can be directed to Eddie Kreighbaum by calling 673-6297.