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The contract to demolish the former Grace Hospital in Windsor will not be awarded Tuesday as originally planned. (CBC News)

The contract to demolish the former Grace Hospital in Windsor will not be awarded Tuesday as originally planned.

The closing date for tenders was supposed to be Tuesday, but it has now been extended by a week.

Six companies have qualified to bid for the demolition job. Two of the six companies which have qualified to bid for the job need more time to prepare their packages.

Helga Reidel, the city's chief administrative officer, said it's not unusual in such situations to extend the deadline.

She explained that once the bids are submitted, it will take a couple of days to evaluate them to make sure all the conditions are met.

Reidel said the administration does not have to return to council to award the tender. It will just go to the lowest bid.

"The other criteria, of course, is that has to be within budget, so if the budget is exceeded we do have to go back to council. But if all things are good in terms of the bids, we will take the low bid and we'll move on," Reidel said.

It will take several months to clean up the site.

The work is expected to be complete sometime in the summer.

Reidel doesn't expect there will be much delay in getting the demolition started.

"It might be the circumstance of about a week a week-and-a-half or a two-week delay to get them on site but we're still fairly close to on track in terms of getting the demolition started," she said.

The estimated cost is between $2.5 million and $4 million.

City council still has to decide what to do with the land in the future.