Asbestos found at future site of Longmeadow DPW building

Hampden County

According to minutes from July’s special Selectboard meeting, pulverized asbestos material was used as a sub-base for the existing parking lot. 

The $12.7 million DPW facility is being constructed at the site of a former tennis club. 

According to the minutes, the owner’s project manager believes the project is still within budget plus contingencies.

It says that a change order for $290,000 was issued for asbestos removal, but the amount of asbestos material the town could still be left with is as much as 7,000 cubic yards. 

The city is considering options to remove it. 

“I had gone there years ago, I’m still a little bit surprised that they’d find asbestos there,” said John Thompson of Longmeadow. “My parents both did some law work, kids getting involved with lead paint and stuff, and that kind of abatement is very expensive. So I would assume that anything like that or asbestos would be fairly expensive.”

The project manager was said to be looking into DEP and EPA funding that could help offset costs. The minutes said there is no threat to the public.    

There are plans to discuss the previous land owner’s liability at a later date. 

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