Contract approved to remove hazardous materials from Lakeview Hospital building

March 19, 2019

The Beaver Dam Common Council’s operations committee approved a contract for a firm to remove hazardous materials from the Lakeview Hospital building on Monday.

The contract was not forwarded to the full council because there is a grant opportunity.

The city has taken on the responsibility of making the site at 208 LaCrosse St. ready for development. Dirty Ducts Cleaning and Environmental, based in Madison, received the contract for $482,844. The firm specializes in asbestos removal, lead paint removal and mold removal. When the city took over the site, officials said a concern was remaining asbestos. An environmental assessment found that there are no underground contaminants on the site, which has sat vacant for many years.

Beaver Dam purchased the old hospital site from Beaver Dam Community Hospitals last year with the goal of a future condo development. Lakeview sits on the corner of LaCrosse and Third streets, and the developer JCW has already bought the other parcels on the corner. The city plans to flip the hospital site to the developer once the building is demolished and the site is cleared to move forward with the proposed condo development.

The full council did not vote on the contract on Monday. Mayor Becky Glewen said that the city is working to apply for a state grant that could cover $250,000 of the project cost. She said she needed some extra data from the developer that she will receive by the end of the week to apply, and then the city will hear back within a month about whether it will receive the grant.