07/09/2010 // Albany, Georgia, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Mesothelioma News Reporter
An old church building in Albany, Georgia will undergo asbestos removal prior to its eventual demolition in order to prepare the site for the construction of a planned $9 million senior citizen complex.
According to Kay Hind, who is the Executive Director of the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging, some of the buildings of the old Byne Church site were not only contaminated with asbestos, they were also infested with termites, among other issues.
In addition, “The roof leaks and it’s too small and the kitchen is not really adequate for the number of meals we want to serve,” said Hind.
The law requires full asbestos removal before a structure can be torn down in order to prevent the hazardous substance from becoming airborne. Asbestos exposure has long been linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare and inoperable form of cancer.
Mesothelioma affects less than 3,000 Americans each year, and most mesothelioma victims pass away within 24 months of being diagnosed.
“We’re excited about it [the new senior care complex]. We’ll all be in one location, we plan to make it very attractive and very usable and offer lots of programs and services…Just getting all the permission, the environment, the historic society, the city, the state, the federal government…We’ve just gotten that a couple weeks ago. So I really don’t know how long it’ll take [to break ground on the project],” said Hind.
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