Asbestos inspection complete, demolition scheduled at Louisiana apartment complex

19 May 2015 by under News

Slidell Louisiana condemned apartments WVUE image 100x100 Asbestos inspection complete, demolition scheduled at Louisiana apartment complexDemolition of a condemned apartment complex in Slidell, La., received the green light to go ahead this week following the completion of an inspection to determine how much asbestos is present in the buildings. A licensed asbestos abatement company, Haltran Environmental Services, inspected the buildings and will work with contractor Holliday Construction LLC to safely demolish the structures.

Concerns about the property arose when a resident called the authorities March 12 to report a ceiling had collapsed during a rainstorm and apartments were flooding. A subsequent inspection of the property revealed the buildings were uninhabitable. The Westchester Apartments were condemned at an emergency meeting of the Slidell City Council just a few days later.

Residents of the apartments were relocated, and those living near the derelict property have been growing impatient for the city to remove the buildings. However, city officials say they are proceeding in a timely manner with an abundance of caution for handling the asbestos to ensure public safety. City Attorney Bryan Haggerty told the Times-Picayune the city is making sure it is in “full compliance” with state and federal environmental regulations regarding the removal and disposal of asbestos.

Asbestos is a mineral that was used in building for generations due to its strength and fire-resistant properties. It was commonly used in insulation, flooring and roofing materials. Asbestos is dangerous when it becomes crushed or broken, as in a renovation or demolition project, because it can release microscopic fibers that may be ingested or inhaled. These fibers may cause asbestos diseases including , a severe scarring of the lungs, or mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, rarely, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

The city tells the Times-Picayune it will spend about $200,000 on the demolition, including $14,500 for the asbestos inspection and continued monitoring, and about $174,500 for the demolition. Haggerty says the city will file a lien against the property following demolition to recover its money spent on the project.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune / Nola.com

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