June 25--Henderson'sHazex Construction Co. has been awarded a contract to demolish the former State Office Building in downtown Owensboro, The Messenger-Inquirer newspaper reported.
The two-story building at Second and Frederica streets will be torn down to make way for the International Bluegrass Music Center as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the city's riverfront area. The office building was acquired by the city of Owensboro in 2010.
Hazex submitted the low bid of $135,000 for the demolition project.
The $9 million bluegrass center will provide a new home for the International Bluegrass Music Museum that will be twice as big as its existing home a few blocks away. It will include a more exhibit space, a 500-seat concert hall, an outdoor concert area for 2,000, a large gift shop, an international hall, a research library, teaching rooms and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Ohio River, according to the museum's website.
As of last month, $5 million has been raised in private donations, it said.
The city is providing a rent-free, 99-year lease for the facility. It will be located near the Hampton Inn hotel and Owensboro Convention Center, which opened in January, as well as near a new Holiday Inn that will open later this year and the riverfront Smothers Park.
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