This May 28 photo shows the Altenheim site with the chapel and at least one other building removed. | Maria Maxham

The price tag on the demolition of the Altenheim buildings went up by $28,635 on May 24 when the village council voted to make a change to the contract for additional asbestos abatement in the basement of one of the buildings.

The work, which will be subcontracted by KLF Enterprises, Inc. to Galaxy Environmental, includes removing asbestos from ductwork in a lower-level boiler room. The asbestos removal will be done per Illinois Department of Public Health, Cook County and OSHA regulations.

According to a letter to the village from Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL), the village’s engineering firm, the additional asbestos wasn’t included in the original report on environmental remediation for the property because that part of the basement was flooded when the initial survey was done.

With a previous change order to the contract in the amount of $12,950 for removal of debris on the property, which was made early on in the demolition process, the new total for tearing down the buildings is $588,555. The original contract was awarded to KLF Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of $546,970.

The amended total cost is still well below the engineer’s original estimate of $700,000. The reimbursement grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will repay the village up to $750,000 for the work.