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Long Beach moves ahead with Martin Luther King Jr. Center repairs, selects Queens firm for heating

City of Long Beach employees Michael Malone, left,

City of Long Beach employees Michael Malone, left, Henry Hall, Kyle Kielkowski and Juan Parra remove dry wall during repairs to the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center which was damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Feb. 15, 2013) Credit: Steve Pfost

Long Beach selected a Queens firm to replace the heating systems at the Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Center, which is recovering from superstorm Sandy.

The city council awarded the bid to Heat Inc. of Flushing on Tuesday night during its regular meeting. Heat Inc. will be paid $55,000 for the jobs, city records state. The money will come from FEMA and insurance payments and donations.

Heat Inc. was one of two bidders on the project, city records state. The heating work is needed because “two boilers at the MLK Center were completely submerged in floodwaters and need to be replaced,” said a resolution approved by the city on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old center sustained heavy damage during Sandy, and is undergoing reconstruction that is expected to take about eight weeks, city officials have said.

The total cost of rebuilding will likely be more than $200,000, officials have said.

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