Two housing apartment buildings in Connecticut are to be demolished, but must first undergo asbestos abatement before the demolition can take place. The two buildings at Riverside Apartments are in Ansonia, and the demolition is expected to take place next month.
A meeting is to be held this week by the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and officials expect a contract to be signed with Industrial Wrecking Co. However, all toxic material must be removed from the site, including asbestos, before the demolition work can go ahead.
Officials have said that it is vital that the asbestos is removed from the apartments, which have been empty for around two years, before any demolition work is carried out. The health of local residents and workers could be at risk, as asbestos dust and fibers could be released into the air.
Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma. Once the asbestos and other toxic materials have been removed the buildings will be demolished over the course of a month. Officials want the Riverside complex to be torn down to make way for apartments for mixed income families.