Rutland's Eastman building will be the site of a new Energy Innovation Center.
Photo by Louis Varricchio.
Rutland Following Halloween, Green Mountain Power officials said the utility will begin cleaning up the Eastman’s building to prepare for its new Energy Innovation Center. The center will serve Rutland and Addison counties.
The building, which used to house a locally owned office supply store, has been vacant for several years.
Officials told Rutland alderman last week that $93,000 has been allocated for the clean up. Contractor Alderson Inc., based in Burlington.
Work on the Eastman Building should be completed in January. The energy center should open sometime in October 2013.
According to GMP, the clean up will be complex involving removal of asbestos and stabilizing lead paint. Over the years, the building sustained water damage that was neglected.
“It’s asbestos and mold and a little wet — mostly asbestos and mold,” according to Costello, GMP spokesman. “The bids came in lower than we expected, which is good.”
Alderson was the low bidder for the project, beating out Rutland-area contractors, Costello said.