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Town approves demolition of asbestos-tainted gutted building

July 5, 2018

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Town officials in Rockingham have received a loan that will allow them to demolish a fire-damaged and asbestos-tainted apartment house this summer.

Rockingham Zoning Administrator Chuck Wise says the house was gutted from a March 2017 fire and will be demolished in the coming weeks. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Rockingham Town Board accepted a contractor’s low bid on Tuesday to take down the three-story apartment building.

The cost includes the removal of the asbestos siding and asbestos monitoring. The town is directly contributing only $12,000 toward the demolition project.

The town ended up owning the building because the original owner abandoned it after the fire.

The town still must get clearance from the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation for demolition to begin.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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