Resident Question: Can you give us the update on the Teele Square fire site?
Answer: Weather-permitting, demolition of the buildings damaged in the Teele Square fire should be complete by the middle of next week (about Nov. 30th), but asbestos in the structure must be safely removed first. Inspectors identified asbestos in the roof and basement. Therefore, before demolishing the structure, the owner and the state were required to await an abatement plan from the state. An abatement plan designates how to remove hazardous materials safely.
On Friday, November 18, this material was removed from the building's boiler room. The next step, which should begin today, Monday, November 21, will be to safely remove the roofing. Once that is complete, the structure will be torn down and a temporary walkway will be installed. The property owner will then need to determine how and when to move forward with reconstruction.