Construction of the municipal complex in the village of Urbancrest was slated to begin last month, but environmental concerns at the site have pushed back the time line.
Federal regulations require all municipalities seeking the demolition of a building or structure to have thorough inspections prior to the razing to find any potential safety hazards. During the inspection of 3492 First Ave., workers found asbestos throughout the building where government meetings were held.
“About 65 percent of the building had asbestos, said Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr., at a recent council meeting.
The asbestos was found primarily in the drywall.
Barnes said the asbestos had to be removed before the building could be demolished. The removal of the asbestos took place over the course of three days in late April. It was done by Hina Environmental Services at the cost of $10,000 to the village.
Now that all of the asbestos has been removed, Barnes said the demolition of the building would take place soon.
“After that step is taken, they can begin to start on the project.
The municipal complex will be a multi-purpose building that will host government meetings, weddings, receptions and parties. The 4,200 square foot complex will cost approximately $814,000 to construct.
To finance the complex, the village will enter into an administration building construction bond with Huntington National Bank. Under the bond, the village will pay $314,436 in advance and finance the remaining $500,000 over a seven years.
Barnes said he expects the complex to be completed by the end of the year, despite the demolition setback.