Meeting Held for Info on $7.7M South James St. Housing Job

ROME, New York—A $7.7 million housing project will be discussed at an informational meeting held by Housing Visions on Friday, April 24th. At 7pm, contractors who are interested in working on the Canal Village housing facility on South James street will meet in the Common Council Chambers.

Canal Village will be revitalized during this project, which will put 33 housing units along the 400 block of South James Street. The project will involve renovations as well as new construction. Rome officials hope that the construction, which is slated to begin in May, will be completed by June. Asbestos abatement, a costly but very necessary step, must first take place before demolition occurs.

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is a known carcinogen. This fiber consists of long, thin fibrous crystals and may be mixed with other substances in order to resist heat, electricity and chemical damage. Due to these characteristics, asbestos was used in many buildings and other structures throughout the 1900s. One estimation is that up to 80 percent of all buildings constructed before 1978 had asbestos within their infrastructure. Exposure to this dangerous substance can lead to various asbestos-related diseases, including pleural disease, asbestosis and the rare but aggressive cancer known as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma (mez-uh-thee-lee-O-muh) is a type of cancer that can be either malignant or benign. The malignant type of Mesothelioma is the most hazardous form of cancer and may be deadly in most cases. This cancer affects the mesothelium, which protects the heart, stomach, lungs, and other organs by making a special fluid that allows the organs to move.

Housing Visions Construction Company will be in charge of building the project but will also hire several qualified sub-contractors. The various jobs being hired out include asbestos and lead removal; environmental monitoring; concrete and masonry for sidewalks, foundations and other aspects of the project; demolition of parts and entire buildings; electrical; excavation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; insulation; landscaping; interior and exterior painting; plumbing; sprinkler systems; flooring; cement fiberboard siding; and other trades.

Officials say that Green Building Initiative and Energy Efficiency requirements will be followed in accordance with the New York State Divisions of Housing and Community Renewal.