Demolition set for former Orleans' Furniture site in Columbia

After accepting bids the City of Columbia is beginning demolition of the old Orleans Furniture Property as soon as tomorrow.

Columbia officials met with Hensley R. Lee Contracting out of Picayune today, which won the bid to demolish structures on the property that were beyond renovation. Hensley R. Lee bid $186,000 for the project and will begin moving equipment in the morning.

The new space will create several new lots for potential tenants. St. James Lighting and Looks Great Services have already committed to the facility.

Columbia Special Projects Engineer Jeff Dungan said, "Hensley R. Lee Contracting will demolish the building, salvage the salvageable materials, and will dispose of the material that doesn't have any value at the city rubbish site. The concrete materials will be stock piled on site and the city will use those in the future for erosion control and various applications like that."

Hensley R. Lee will pay the city $216,000 for the salvaged material which will offset the demolition cost. The city will actually make $30,000 off of the entire project. The duration of the demolition project is six months.