The demolition of a grocery store that was once a staple of the Palm Bay, FL neighborhood to make way for a community center has been delayed following the discovery of dangerous asbestos products.
Evans Grocery had been a popular store before years of negligent ownership and nearby drug and crime problems forced it into disrepair. Plans recently came together to demolish the old store building and replace it with Evans Center, which would include a non-profit store, a job-training center, a clinic, and a community meeting place, according to Florida Today.
However, before any construction or demotion could take place, testing of the old building revealed the presence of mesothelioma-causing asbestos construction products that needed to be removed by asbestos abatement experts.
“An inspection found asbestos and lead-based paint in the second-floor apartments. Right now, the demolition is on hold while we follow the federal guidelines for removal,” said James Bartell, the president of the Evans Center board of directors. “We have to wait until we get all of the information on how to proceed. Everything is in the city’s hands.”
He added that the $830,000 project would probably take “maybe one year” to build once construction can begin.
The old Evans Grocery is yet another example of an old building that was visited by many people on a regular basis that contained dangerous asbestos products. If you have developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos at a building or a place of work, call Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a mesothelioma claim.