Vineland hires demolition company for Highland Ave. complex
Vineland is working on a demolition contract for a group of industrial buildings located on the 100 block of Highland Avenue. The structures were once home to the Nutri-Mack factory. Adam Monacelli, Vineland Daily Journal
VINELAND – The end is near for a former industrial complex off Highland Avenue in eastern Vineland that was used as an important poultry vaccine manufacturing site for decades and then briefly by a dietary supplements producer.
A Bellmawr demolition firm has been hired to demolish the complex, a series of buildings scattered over about seven and a half acres. The city took ownership of the property, at 111 Highland Avenue, in July 2017 in a foreclosure proceeding for unpaid property taxes.
On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a contract worth $778,617 to Ricco Construction Corp. The company was the low bidder for the work, which includes removing asbestos.
Sandy Forosisky, the city’s economic development director, said the city has a loan from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection to fund the demolition work. The buildings date to at least 1981, according to property records.
Forosisky said the intention is to subdivide the property into residential lots and sell it as a developmentally approved subdivision. The area already is zoned for residential use.
In fact, Vineland has wanted to take that route since at least 2012 after owner Nutri-Mack LP closed the factory, but an environmental assessment needed to be done first.
Forosisky said the environmental assessment was completed. Besides asbestos, she said the most interesting find was a pit that apparently was used to dispose of chicken carcasses.
The site’s connection to the poultry vaccine industry ended in early 2007 when Lohman Animal Health Inc. was closed and operations moved to Winslow, Maine, where the corporate owner was based.
The city connection with animal vaccines dates to 1914 with the founding of Vineland Poultry Laboratory by Dr. Arthur Goldhaft. Later, it was known as Vineland Labs and was a dominant producer in the field.
IGI Inc. bought Vineland Labs in the early 1980s. It sold it in 2000 to Lohmann & Co. A.G., becoming part of Maine Biological Laboratories.
Nutri-Mack opened at the site in late 2008.
Other bidders for the demolition work were USA Environmental Management Inc. of Philadelphia, Pa., at $1,747,000; Yannuzzi Group Inc. of Kinnelon, at $1,188,350; and Two Brothers Contracting Inc. of Totowa, at $1,786,997.
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