New Canaan To Hire Abatement Firm For Town Hall Cleanup

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The New Canaan Board of Selectmen approved the Department of Public Works' request to sign a contract with an environmental firm that will lay out a plan to clear the building of asbestos, lead paint and other materials. Photo Credit: File

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Before New Canaan Town Hall is partially demolished for renovation, the town has to find out how to remove certain potentially dangerous materials.

The Department of Public Works will agree to a contract with EnviroMed Services to manage the abatement of the 104-year-old building prior to its renovation.

Public Works Director Mike Pastore said the firm will review how much asbestos, lead paint and other similar materials are in the building, develop a plan for removing them, then oversee the abatement process.

The Board of Selectmen approved Public Works entering into a contract with EnviroMed for $17,600.

“It’s the proper way to do it,” Pastore said of hiring a firm to do the independent review.

The town will seek bids in February to find an abatement firm, Pastore said, and the cleanup will likely begin in March.

Demolition of the rear portion of Town Hall is expected to start in the spring, Pastore said.

New Canaan Town Hall was closed last November in advance of the planned renovations. Town officials decided to fix the town’s main building at 77 Main St. instead of making more piecemeal repairs.

Town Hall departments have since been relocated to the New Canaan Police Department on South Avenue and the Walter Stewart’s Market office complex on Elm Street.

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