Controversy has arisen over an historical building in Georgia, with the presence of asbestos in the building creating controversy with regards to whether the building should be renovated or whether it should be demolished as a result of the asbestos.

The owners of the building, which is the Heritage House Hotel, are looking for sixteen million in stimulus funds to convert the building into rental units. However, city commissioners are said to be more interested in razing the structure because of the asbestos.

The Ward 1 City Commissioner in Albany said: “I’m at a point now, where that Heritage House has been dilapidated for the last 15 years and the city should take immediate action to make sure that eyesore is demolished.”

The building’s owners have applied for funding, and one architect said: “If the funding comes through, we will proceed with the development and refinements of the design concept.” The City Commissioner responded: “I will feel excited [if the stimulus money comes through] because we certainly need affordable homes for senior citizens and low-to-moderate income individuals.”

Asbestos is a known carcinogenic, and can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and asbestos cancer called mesothelioma.

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