Removing Asbestos

Will the former Pittsfield Elementary School building be sold or demolished?

Penoco, a contractor from Pleasant Gap, Pa., is in the final stages of asbestos abatement in the building.

Brett O’Connor, Penoco crew chief for the job, said Wednesday afternoon there was both friable and non-friable asbestos removed from the site, referring to whether or not fibers could be released into the air. He expected to finish the job by Friday.

Jim Decker, president and CEO of Warren County Business and Industry, said the chamber is “working with several groups, evaluating the building, but no formal agreements have been reached. The asbestos abatement would be required whether or not the building was demolished or not, and will improve the value overall.”

He added that while demolition bids have been received to determine costs, there are no plans as yet to tear down the 28,000-square-foot structure. He estimated that a more firm proposal could be reached in six to eight weeks.

Decker said the WCCBI has owned the 32-acre property since 2003. The school was closed at the end of the 20012002 school year.