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Asbestos News

Asbestos removal planned for old New York restaurant
An old city-owned restaurant in upstate New York will have to have asbestos abatement work performed.

The Sarasota Springs City Council has hired a supervisor for the asbestos removal at the former Waterfront Restaurant, according to the Albany Times-Union.

The supervisor will collect and review bids for the asbestos abatement work, which the city council hopes is the first step towards turning the facility into a public park.

In 2005, the city purchased the property for $2 million with the hope of converting it into a place that the public could enjoy, complete with playgrounds and restrooms.

Mayor Scott Johnson said that the first step towards making this happen was to remove asbestos from the old restaurant.

"It would be a shame to let it sit padlocked if we can do something about it that still serves the taxpayer," the mayor told the news source.

It is crucial that asbestos is removed before any major renovation or demolition work is performed on a property as exposure to the carcinogenic substance has been proven to cause a number of deadly diseases such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

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