At last the day has come when we’ve turned over the keys to Astor House to our asbestos mitigation company, Belfor. If you drive by, you’ll see their trucks parked around the building for the next three weeks or so. It’s a relief to have the work started, but it’s also strange not to be able to go in and check on things.
The crew has built a temporary vestibule on the back door where they will don their protective gear to enter the building. All the air that’s pumped into the building will be filtered before it’s pumped back out. The HVAC system was removed before any work started to protect it from contamination. Soon they’ll start taking down the wallpaper and plaster that contains the asbestos.
Astor House has been a community gathering place since it opened in 1867. We feel very fortunate to have this skilled crew to do the work that will allow the community to safely gather in this place for another century.