Asbestos removal delays library upgrade
Additional asbestos removal at the Dundas library branch has delayed the start of renovations at the Ogilvie Street building.
The building closed in September, with a temporary location operating at 55 Cootes Dr. and Bookmobile stops in a nearby parking lot every Friday, but Hamilton Public Library staff don’t expect renovations to begin until March.
A November stop-work order from the province has prevented the on-site contractor from starting the planned renovations until asbestos abatement is completed.
Since the Nov. 8 order, subsequent inspections were done in January and February to assess progress of asbestos abatement.
A report to the Hamilton Public Library Board confirmed the project is behind schedule because “extensive abatement of asbestos is still underway and is taking longer than anticipated.”
Karen Anderson, the library’s director of public service, said she anticipated the construction schedule starting on March 1.
The Ministry of Labour regulates the safe removal of asbestos in Ontario, and has inspected the Dundas library abatement process on five separate occasions.