Galveston, TX – Nov. 28, 2018 – The long-sought demolition of an old municipal incinerator will begin next month – a huge step toward improving the gateway entrance to the island and removing blighted structures.
All the parties involved in the demolition conducted a site tour and preparation this week. The contractors anticipate other site work, such as asbestos abatement, will begin in December. Once preparation is complete, the demolition can begin.
The now-vacant incinerator was built in 1943 to burn garbage collected in the City, but has been closed since 1955.
“Demolishing this eyesore will be a huge step forward for the City,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “The property has sat unused for decades. Clearing it and ensuring the site is free of any contamination will give us an opportunity for future development and investments in the area.”
The City has allocated about $5.4 million in Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery money for this project. After deciding to move forward on the demolition, the City about four years ago began the process of acquiring the required environmental assessment. The project cleared the necessary environmental and regulatory hurdles to move forward on the demolition.
Earlier this year, the City selected a contractor experienced in demolishing and remediating a site with contaminants. The City has worked closely with the contractor to ensure all steps are being taken toward a safe demolition.
Now, the demolition is nearing. Crews were inside the incinerator this week collecting samples in the interior of the smoke stacks as early preparation for asbestos abatement.