Freeport Demolition Brings Asbestos FearApr 23, 2003 | www.news12.com
Freeport residents fear exposure to asbestos after a former hospital is partially demolished and left in shambles for several weeks.
Freeport officials say demolition was halted because of expired licenses of subcontractors, not because of toxins. Freeport's Building Superintendent says he has received a report that indicates the asbestos at the site will not become airborne.
Currently, there is no word on when demolition will start up again. The village is waiting for a meeting with the state to find out what steps the new contractor needs to take when removing asbestos.
The building has not been used as a hospital for more than a decade. It has been boarded up for the last 4 to 5 years. In the last few weeks, the Village of Freeport decided to demolish the building to make room for condominiums.