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1512 Washington – Manitowoc Wisconsin 54220 – NIAGARA Worldwide will work with EJ Spirtas Manitowoc LLC and Manitowoc Development Patners LLC to Re-New this City Block

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What do we do with this “Historic City Block”?

First Thought… Redevelop…?

Second Thought… Wreck…?

Anyone?  Anyone?

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Historic Mirro Building
Developed By: EJ Spirtas Manitowoc, LLC
5 Building Complex
7 Story High Rise – 500,000 Sq Ft
6 Story High Rise – 400,000 Sq Ft
3 Story – 250,000 Sq Ft
5 Story Connector – 150,000 Sq Ft
3 Story Connector – 125,000 Sq Ft
6 Acre Property

Historic Downtown Development Opportunity

Take your business to 1512 Washington Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Building Description

The historic Mirro plant has more than 1,000,000 square feet of space on a 7.49 acre redevelopment site that is located on the edge of Historic Downtown Manitowoc.

Within walking distance of downtown amenities such as the Capitol Civic Centre, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc Riverwalk, Manitowoc Marina, Manitowoc Yacht Club, Mariners Trail, Lake Michigan, Library, Farmers Market, SS Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry and dozens of shops and restaurants, this is a development opportunity that is immediately available.

Building Information  Utilities
Address: 1512 Washington Manitowoc, WI
Electricity supplier:  MPU
Total sq ft available:  1,408,520
Gas supplier:  WPS
Number of stories: 7
Municipal water:  Yes
Ceiling heights: 8’5″ to 12’7″ 
Water source:  Lake Michigan 
Site size (ac):  7.49
Peak capacity at water plant:  11 mgd 
Topography: Flat
Peak capacity at sewerage plant:  15.5 mgd 
Setting: Downtown    
Zoning: Industrial Telecommunications  
Former Use:  Mirro Fiber
Optics:  Yes
Digital switching:  Yes
Transportation Nearest major highway:  US Hwy 151/10 Incentives  
Distance to nearest highway: Adjacent Development Zone Tax Credits   
Number of lanes: 2 Industrial Revenue Bonds  
Nearest interstate:  I-43 Revolving Loan Fund   
Distance to nearest interstate:  4 miles  TIF  
Number of lanes:  4 Technology Zone Tax Credits   
Nearest commercial airport:  Austin Straubel
Distance to nearest airport:  40 miles     
Rail service:  No    
Nearest port facility:  1 mile

Leasing Rate:  Negotiable
Lease Type:  Negotiable
Sale Price:  Negotiable
Building Contact 
Name: Eric J. Spirtas 
Phone: (314) 432-7733
Community Contact 
Name: Dave Less 
Title: City Planner 
Organization: City of Manitowoc 
Address: 900 Quay St 
City: Manitowoc 
State: WI
ZIP: 54220
Phone: (920) 686-6930
Fax: (920) 686-6939

When your job is to count the trucks… Don’t fix the engine! – [Told by Eric J. Spirtas]

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I was driving with my dad, looking at a job, viewing some workers and dad told me a story:

“You know,” he said “I cannot stand when people don’t stick to what they are are suppose to do.  Don’t over think the job.  Just do what I ask, nothing more.”  He continued, “In the day we had a manager ‘Les Beaty’ and he was given one task on a big job, just count the trucks.”  Sure there was plently of other stuff going on, but that was his job!

He reminds me that he made it clear, “We are paid by the truck, nothing else you do can help us.  Stay focused, document the action, when you get the tickets, I will send the bill, we will all do well.”  He exclaimed.

Well one of the trucks broke down.  The manager was beckoned (he was a good mechanic) and he just had to see if he could help.  “It will only take a couple of minutes,” thought old Les. 

15 minutes later as the manager climbs out from under the truck, he exclaims confidently “I fixed it!”  The truck driver thanks the demolition manager and off he drives.

While “Old” Les was under the truck, do you know how many trucks drove by?  Of course you don’t, but neither does Les

Stepping over a dollar to pick up at a dime.

Consulting is powerful, focus is imparative.  I can help you Focus!  If you have a project or service or need some help guiding your forces, let’s design a program to assist them today.


Let me know if you have a former industrial plant, resulting property and even environmental conditions that trouble you.  We will buy your problem from you.

Contact: EJ Spirtas Group, LLC and more specifically the specialty branch AMAX to tend to your property & asset troubles! 

Eric J. Spirtas
EJ Spirtas Group, LLC
Demolition Expert
Author of “Don’t Wreck the Empire”

Stay tuned… I am writing my book and it is stuffed with these business tips
“Don’t Wreck the Empire” a family business memior – The Prince Views the Kingdom!

Ready to buy a plant – 12,000 Tons of Steel – Eric J. Spirtas – EJ Spirtas Group

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Another day, another 12,000 Tons!

It looks like I will have the opportunity to acquire another former industrial manufacturing plant tomorrow and that means a lucky demolition contractor will get the opportunity to demolish the buildings and prepare the scrap for me and my partners.

I have been successfully selling scrap to for the last two decades and now with a few NEW relationships the sales have become (“Global”)!

This is great for the smaller contractor that has often been stuck with minimal pricing offered by the tiny scrap dealers in “Small Town USA”.  We “EJ Spirtas Commodities, LLC” offers a price that, up to now, only the largest demolition contractor has had access to.

We can ship materials by the container, so long as the materials are prepared to a 5 foot by 2 foot (by 2 foot) size.  If you can load a container, we can deliver a container right to your site and you will reap the  reward of the top salvage dollars.

This goes for STEEL or NON – FERROUS.

Eric J. Spirtas
EJ Spirtas Group, LLC
Demolition Expert
Author of “Don’t Wreck the Empire”

Contact EJ Spirtas today to price your demolition, scrap your steel, sell your non-ferrous
We simply raise the bar and raise your revenue!
EJ Spirtas Group… Your Global Answer!

Bidding a Church in a Small American Community – By Eric J. Spirtas

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I was hired to bid on a small community church.  This is no “small” order.

Once a doctor was telling me as I was getting my appendix out, “Don’t worry Eric, your safe with me, I remove 8 appendix’s a day… Yeah Doc, but this is my appendix!

Well, this may be your Church, and while it may not be Lambeau Field or Mile High Stadium, there is a process and a program to assist an owner in the efforts of  properly preparing the site for its next responsibility.

“Care, Custody and Control”!

No matter where the demolition, you have the administrative busy work:

  1. Permitting
  2. Utility Terminations
  3. Asbestos
  4. Environmental Items
  5. Communicating with the Police, Fire, DOT, Local Municipality

Then you have the work itself:

  1. Labor
  2. Materials
  3. Equipment
  4. Transportation
  5. Disposal

Specialized equipment and circumstanses even drive the pricing higher.  Salvage or below grade work, the details to every demolition are different. 

Where I think a demolition contractor can shine is in the ability to share ideas with the client.

  • Special ways to minimize fencing costs
  • Salvage tricks that can gain dollars for the client and minimize disposal costs
  • Think GREEN with the disposition of materials (“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”)
  • Communicate and share your detailed bid… this may trigger ideas in a wise clients mind – promoting savings
  • The job is about the CLIENT, not about the contractor.

I really think that a contractor has reached a level of complacency if they only bid by “Unit Pricing”.  There is a level of creativity that is lost and a level of efficiency that is surrendered if the contractor is not figuring the project “Long Hand” considering all of the issues that may occur and pricing the project accordingly.

For assistance with bidding, pricing, bid presentation, demolition and related construction project management, do not hesitate to contact Eric J. Spirtas.

Eric J. Spirtas
EJ Spirtas Group, LLC
Demolition Expert
Author of “Don’t Wreck the Empire”

Contact EJ Spirtas today to price your demolition, scrap your steel, sell your non-ferrous
We simply raise the bar and raise your revenue!
EJ Spirtas Group… Your Global Answer!

Bidding in Arizona – Damn I love Demolition! Eric J. Spirtas

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Believe it or not, I think I really am an expert at this business.

Last week I prepared a bid for a client that consisted of a very large paper plant “surgical” dismantlement.

This required the pricing of environmental work, mill work / dismantlement, crating for transport, demolition and scrap efforts.  The company will be required to work in between two active machines and use the plant crane for all of the picking. 

In this business it is not about knowing the process of the client only, but moreso it is about knowing your prime business and the details of the specialized business you offer so well that it will not effect; the operation of a plant, beer production, steel melting, oil refining, train yard operation, airline actions or even the surgury in a next door operating room.

What is really incredible about this business is that our basic “skill” of dismantling and wrecking serves as the death notice to some really expensive equipment. The items that we tear apart cost millions to build and install. Then we come with our torches, equipment and manpower and “presto” we tear it apart.

It does take experience, training, practice, forsight and enginuity and before you know it the client can start all over again with an industrially prepared “Blank Slate”!

Death to the old and in with the new!!!

For assistance with bidding, pricing, bid presentation, demolition and related construction project management, do not hesitate to contact Eric J. Spirtas.

Eric J. Spirtas
EJ Spirtas Group, LLC
Demolition Expert
Author of “Don’t Wreck the Empire”

Contact EJ Spirtas today to price your demolition, scrap your steel, sell your non-ferrous
We simply raise the bar and raise your revenue!
EJ Spirtas Group… Your Global Answer!

Alverne Redevelopment is now in the sights of Sam Berger. He is looking to redevelop the “Dormant” St. Louis, MO Downtown Structure

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Sam Berger, Current Owner, of the Alverne Building is looking to take the project to the next step.  Looking to engage tax credits (Federal and State) and Brownfield Funds that will allow the building to transform to the next level of  development.

Mr. Berger is looking for the most competetive contractors that are amply able to provide; demolition, asbestos, lead, bulbs, ballasts, and other remedial steps along with the requisite remediation steps such as window, wall and floor work as is normal in this type of project.

The project will be competitively bid.  Please post on this blog if you are interest, include your complete contact information and company details so that Mr. Berger and his representatives can contact you.

Sam Berger – Cerberus Investments LLC.,  7531 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, Mo. 63105 
Tel. 314.721.2100 ext. 50 / Fax. 314.721.6260

EJ Spirtas
Author and Private Consultant
EJ Spirtas Group, LLC


Monday, December 17, 2007

What’s Left to Rehab? (Part II – The Alverne Building) – By Brian

The Alverne Building at 1014-1024 Locust is a 16-story, 160,000 sf structure designed by noted architect Tom Barnett and built in 1923. It originally served as home of the St. Louis City Club and later as the Hotel DeSoto. In its most recent incarnation, it housed apartments for senior citizens operated by the St. Louis Archdiocese. Its first floor space has housed numerous nightclubs over the years, the most notable being The Living Room.

Despite its addition to the National Register of Historic Places (which would qualify its renovation for federal tax credits), the building has sat vacant for some time now. Since 2000, it has been owned by Alverne Associates LLC – Stephen L. Wells of Ladue and Sam Berger of Clayton are listed as members of the ownership group. In 1997, Ken Flynn and Christi Waggener purchased the building with the intent to renovate it into residences, but sadly, that plan never materialized.

The small windows on the building’s north and west elevations most likely negatively affect its conduciveness for use as an office building, but the building would work well as apartments or a hotel. It has two ballrooms, including one on the top floor that features some amazing views of the city. Its ground floor is ideal for retail or a restaurant.

Unfortunately, the Alverne’s original cornices have been removed, but with a full restoration, it could regain its original “wow” factor and would provide a nice complement to the beautifully-renovated Louderman Building to the west.

The Alverne is currently listed for sale by Eric Friedman of The Friedman Group for $3,400,000.

Manitowoc Wisconsin Demolition Bid – EJ Spirtas Manitowoc, LLC

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Contact EJ Spirtas Manitowoc, LLC 314.780.3742 to be included in the demolition bid of the former Mirro Bldg in Downtown Manitowoc Wisconsin.

The structure is over 1.5 million sq ft and the project will include:

  • Demolition
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Asbestos
  • Haz Waste
  • Crushing of Concrete
  • Site Grading


Additional Needs:

  • Gut Out
  • Rebuild and Renovation
  • Site Work

Contact us today to be included and to find out the status of the project.

Eric J. Spirtas