Asbestos Discovery Displaces Seniors in Connecticut

Members of a Connecticut senior center have been displaced for the summer after deadly asbestos was discovered in the building.

As the Connecticut Post reports, the City of Bridgeport recently swapped its Dwight Eisenhower Senior Citizen Center and two other buildings with a developer who is planning to use the sites to house apartments and a new gym to serve the neighborhood. In exchange, the developer is rehabbing a former American Legion Hall that he owns into a new senior center, which is expected to open in August.

However, the city found asbestos in the Eisenhower Citizen Center during an environmental remediation, a potentially hazardous situation that requires the temporary displacement of all summer activities at the center.

When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can get trapped in the lungs. Over time, the presence of the fibers can lead to scarring and inflammation, a precursor to a number of serious diseases including mesothelioma, a rare but incurable cancer. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, according to the National Cancer Institute.

For the next six to eight weeks, senior center activities will be held a few blocks away at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center. “We heard from our seniors that it is important to maintain these activities during the transition and make every effort to keep the group together,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch in a statement to the Post. “Safety is everyone’s concern, so the current building must be vacated while the asbestos abatement work is performed.”

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