Was all of the asbestos removed from the Newcomb Hotel site? Was there any left in the basement of the hotel that was just covered up by dirt?
Michael Seaver, director of inspection and enforcement, said demolition crews from BSB Development of Sugar Grove encountered no asbestos-containing material in the course of the debris removal project.
“We knew that (asbestos) had been abated in the late ’80s,” Seaver told Herald-Whig Staff Writer Matt Hopf in a March 15 story. “We just didn’t have documentation reflecting that. Likewise, a 2010 or ’11 inspection that was done showed just a small amount of floor tile in the elevator lobbies.”
A certified asbestos supervisor was on site during the entire removal phase in the event any hazardous material was discovered.
Seaver said all demolition waste, nearly 300 semi loads, was transported to Backridge Landfill.
“All that remains beneath the fill material (at a depth of 8-9 feet) in certain areas is the basement floor, which has been broken up to allow groundwater migration, and limestone footings,” Seaver said.