Ogdensburg Receives Grant Money to Demolish Buildings Known to Contain Mesothelioma-Causing Asbestos
Ogdensburg, New York, a once-thriving trade center and transportation hub along the St. Lawrence River, has received a Restore NY II grant as part of its revitalization effort. The $700,000 will be used for the demolition and asbestos abatement of 10 buildings left abandoned since the 1960’s. The majority of building products manufactured today do not contain asbestos; however those frequently used prior to 1970 do carry exposure risks. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers has been proven to cause mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Due to the risk of mesothelioma and other serious health risks posed by asbestos, the renovation and demolition of buildings is regulated by both the state and Federal government. Demolition and remediation can be expensive, but is necessary in order to reclaim property contaminated with asbestos.
The buildings along the waterfront were part of the former Shade Roller manufacturing plant. The total cost of the demolition of the 10 buildings is estimated at $1,156,800.
The revitalization of the waterfront area is aimed “to create additional green space, eliminate blight in the city’s urban center, and enhance tourism and waterfront industries.”