Demo of ‘dangerous building’ halted

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 April 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Demolition work of a sandstone building along the Erie Canal in Albion has been suspended until an asbestos removal permit is secured.

ALBION – The demolition of a sandstone building from 1840 has been halted because the owner of the site hasn’t secured an asbestos removal permit from the state Department of Labor, village officials said.

Dan Dunn of Ridgeway started removing the building last Saturday, but worked was stopped later in the day by Ron Vendetti, the village code enforcement officer.

Dunn has contested he needs a certified asbestos removal company for the work. Dunn, owner of salvage company, believes he can handle the job.

The DOL’s Asbestos Control unit was in Albion today and tagged the building as a “suspended action.”

The building, once used to manufacture carriages more than a century ago, is a “dangerous building,” and needs to come down, Vendetti said. However, Dunn needs to secure a permit from the DOL before removing the 5,000-square-foot building that was last used as a furniture warehouse about a half century ago.

Dunn has said he wants to preserve and resell as much of the sandstone as possible.