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May 28, 2014

Asbestos removal to proceed at former post office

The former Collinsville Post Office will need asbestos removal before the city can construct its new parking lot.

The City Council on Tuesday night voted 4-1 to pay Envirotech Inc. $48,250 to remove asbestos floor and ceiling tiles at the former post office located across the street from City Hall.

The council had voted last month to purchase the closed post office and demolish it for additional parking near Collinsville's Main Street.

Uptown Director Leah Joyce said they didn't know originally whether there would be asbestos in the building, but a pre-construction survey confirmed the work would be necessary.

The asbestos removal could start as early as June 1, and must be completed by June 18, Joyce said. Then the street department will demolish the building, as they have done for condemned buildings elsewhere in the city, she said.

If possible, Joyce said she would like to see the parking lot completed and landscaped by Italian Fest in September. "That's our goal," she said, pointing out the streetscape work and other expansion and construction projects taking place this summer in the Main Street district. "We're working as quickly as possible."

Councilwoman Karen Woolard was the sole no vote on the asbestos contract. She said she believed that she needed to be consistent in voting against the project, as she was the sole no vote in April when the council approved the $250,000 post office purchase.

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