By JON CRONIN
The city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a stop-work order at a former factory site in Glendale on Cooper Avenue that could become a homeless shelter.
On Saturday morning, residents noticed a stop-work order at the site regarding improper asbestos removal posted on the new fence surrounding the property. The order drew concerns from the community about possible safety hazards at the site.
Two days later, residents took to Facebook community pages to accuse workers at the site of continuing to remove asbestos, and expressed concern that they were not using appropriate gear for that type of removal.
A DEP spokesman stated that the stop-work order was issued so that asbestos testing can be completed on the roof before antennas are drilled into it.
The stop-work order referred to work on the first floor and roof, but did not restrict all work on the property. Work was allowed to continue on other floors.
The DEP spokesman also stated that the company handling the remodeling turned in an asbestos removal plan that did not meet the agency’s standards.
According to the city Department of Buildings’ website, a permit application was filed on Aug. 24 to create dormitories at the site with 100 beds. The permit has not been approved and has not undergone a plan exam.
Glendale residents fought the city’s Department of Homeless Services five years ago to stop the implementation of a shelter at the site, located at 78-16 Cooper Ave. However, the community was angered in July after Glendale Civic Association President Kathy Masi posted on Facebook that she heard that the city was once again negotiating for a shelter at the site.
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