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Costly asbestos abatement adds to budget of middle school demolition

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The original bid was about $300,000. But the asbestos added another $120,000 for a grand total of $450,000.  (WAFB) The original bid was about $300,000. But the asbestos added another $120,000 for a grand total of $450,000. (WAFB)
CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) -

An establishment that is almost 70 years old is being torn down. The plan to demolish the old Central Middle School has been in the works for some time. Before any demolition can be taken care of, asbestos found in the building needs to be eliminated, and that will add extra time and extra bucks to the project.

"We have issues to deal with," said Central Schools Superintendent Michael Faulk. "The asbestos abatement, the actual demolition of buildings, clearing off all the debris."

The asbestos abatement has added a bit more time and a bit more money to the project.  But why?

"In the report we had, it listed the asbestos. When they transferred the information from the report, to the specifications, that part was not placed in it," said Faulk.

Because the asbestos wasn't in the original bid, they've had to add some more unexpected time and cash. The original bid was about $300,000. But the asbestos added another $120,000 for a grand total of $450,000.

They budgeted for $1 million, so it is still far less.  As for the extra time, the abatement should be finished up by the end of the week.

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