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Ten bids submitted to build new Asharoken Village Hall

Asharoken Village received 10 separate bids from contractors seeking to rebuild its village hall, which was severely damaged in superstorm Sandy.

Bids for the 3,000-square-foot building ranged from $866,000 to $1.56 million. Once village officials select a contractor to build the new hall and issue a notice to proceed with construction, the project is expected to take seven months, according to the village's bid specification.

Mayor Greg Letica said he had not reviewed the bids and could not comment.

Through donations and assigned village funds, Asharoken had about $500,000 set aside for the project in April.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had previously said the village was eligible for about $717,000 to help rebuild the hall and would probably receive 90 percent of that.

The new hall — designed by John Wallace Ross of Asharoken — will be built on the same lot as the old one, in an area less prone to flooding. It will also be twice as big as the old one.

The contract would be a big win for any of the vendors, with at least seven of them quoting the village a price higher than their annual revenue, according to numbers from Dun & Bradstreet.

Eight of the bidders are small, New York-based companies, including several on Long Island. One is based in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and another could not be located.

The highest bid came from Islandia-based Stalco Construction, while the lowest was from Medford-based Ravco Construction Inc.

Village business is operating out of a trailer on the side of Asharoken Avenue, with a separate trailer for the police department in the parking lot. Village meetings are held at the Northport National Grid building.

The village had been planning to build a new hall before Sandy hit in 2012, but the storm accelerated plans.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the architect who designed the new Asharoken Village Hall. John Wallace Ross of Asharoken is the architect, but Victor Cuneo Architect P.C. of East Northport produced the stamped architectural drawings from Ross' design.

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