Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) recently reintroduced a bill to allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive its restrictions in certain cases, when a building is either identified as dangerous or in imminent danger of falling down.
The measure never made it out of committee last year, but Owens resurrected the idea in January before the newly elected Congress.
Owens was instrumental in helping the Village of Malone in 2011 when the former Tavern Arms, or Nikki’s Place, on Main Street collapsed in on itself.
The EPA funded the cleanup after discovering asbestos was present in the debris.
The building at 395 West Main is asbestos-free because a previous owner gutted it and removed all contaminants, LePine said.
But it will be a special challenge to whomever removes the building.
There is no rear access point, besides the fact that it abuts an active business, For Arts Sake; it is in close proximity to the village’s major sewer line; and is adjacent to the Main Street bridge high above the river.
“It’s a logistical problem that has to be addressed,” the mayor said.
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