Fires, asbestos complicate demolition of unique Waterloo building … – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

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WATERLOO — Recent fires are boosting the cost for taxpayers to demolish an abandoned greystone apartment building near downtown.

City officials and demolition contractors have determined it is no longer feasible to use traditional demolition methods on the city-owned “castle” apartment building at 925 Commercial St.

The building will need to be removed as “regulated asbestos containing material,” which is at least twice as expensive and could push the total demolition bill into six figures.

The RACM process requires contractors to treat all of the debris as if it contains asbestos, keeping the site hosed down, wrapping trucks in plastic and taking other steps to prevent potential cancer-causing material from being release into the air.

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