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Asbestos slows Lumberyard project

Apr 14, 2017 7:15 am

Daniel Zuckerman is reporting in The Daily Mail asbestos has been discovered in the building slated to house Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts in Catskill, and a fundraising campaign to help with the removal effort is now underway. The silicate minerals were identified on the building facade and the roof in March, approximately 18 months after the former American Dance Institute purchased the former Dunn Builders Supply buildings on Water Street for $1.2 million in 2015. When inspected prior to purchase the structure was deemed asbestos-free, Lumberyard Executive and Artistic Director Adrienne Willis said, but then the material was found by a construction company. That company suggested the building be retested, Willis said. It is not known why the first test came back negative, she said. "We’re still trying to get to the bottom of it." The Lumberyard launched a fundraising campaign Thu., Apr. 13, to raise $250,000 to support the asbestos abatement effort. In the meantime, the Lumberyard is continuing toward its goal to open the building by summer 2019, but performances scheduled for 2017 will be held outdoors at various venues in Greene and Columbia counties, away from the Water Street building. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.