Lincoln Middle School repairs to begin in June in Portland

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PORTLAND — Lincoln Middle School will be getting a face lift this summer, at a cost less than school officials anticipated.

A $186,000 bid by Tito Masonry of 1909 Congress St. was approved March 10, the lowest of four bids opened at City Hall by James Lobley of the city’s Purchasing Department.

Also competing for the job were Greenwood Masonry of Bay Street, with a bid of $255,000; Hascall & Hall of 273 Presumpscot St., with a bid of $298,000, and Knowles Industrial Services of 295 New Portland Road, Gorham, with a bid of $347,500.

Lobley said Monday the bid award was based on cost. The School Department allocated $250,000 for the job in the fiscal year 2017 capital improvements budget.

The request for proposals describes extensive work needed at the school, which originally opened in 1899 as the original Deering High School. Tito Masonry will be required to replace damaged brick, repair and repoint mortar, repair or replace granite and terra cotta exterior surfaces and protect masonry against the weather.

Craig Worth, deputy chief operations officer for the Portland Public Schools, Monday said it is time to get the work done. Some areas in front of the school have been barricaded because of falling bricks.

“It is obviously needed to correct the problems,” Worth said. “I know they will be primarily working on the outside of the building, pretty much in the front.”

The work cannot begin before June 16 and must be completed by Sept. 2, and Tito Masonry has estimated the job can be done in 45 working days.

Lobley said the bid will be forwarded to city Finance Director Brendan O’Connell’s office before a contract is drawn up by the city corporation counsel’s office.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Lincoln Middle School at 522 Stevens Ave. in Portland will have extensive repairs and renovations to its brick and masonry this summer. Work is expected to be completed by the beginning of the new school year.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.