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Demolition safety protocols expanded as contractors address minor asbestos material inside former Wellington Arena

March 31, 2023

Demolition of the former Wellington Arena (“Duke Dome”) at 230 Niles Street in Wellington, began on Monday, March 20.

While multiple inspection reports provided no evidence of the presence of asbestos-containing materials, the demolition contractors stopped work immediately when they identified asbestos materials within the cement blocks used to construct the interior walls.

Samples were taken for testing and were confirmed to have small levels of asbestos. An assessment was completed, and abatement plans were put in place identifying the removal as a Type II Operation under provincial legislation.

To ensure the safety of the community, the demolition contractor will exceed the requirements by using the more stringent protocols of a Type III operation for the abatement work. Sealing the building and work area for worker safety and waste removal will further minimize any community risk. A third-party consultant will provide regular inspections of the abatement as it is being completed.

Beginning Monday, April 3, Budget Environmental Disposal Inc. will begin removing the asbestos-containing material from the interior of the building only. Abatement work is expected to continue for 5-6 weeks after which the demolition of the building will resume. Demolition is expected to be done by Friday, June 9.  PECAHC will continue to keep the community informed.

The Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation (PECAHC), accepted transfer of the property from the municipality in August 2021. PECHAC is constructing a new 36-unit affordable housing development comprised of one, two, and three-bedroom units and four three-bedroom affordable family townhomes.

If you have questions or concerns, contact 613.476.2148 ext. 1023, 613.962.9108 ext. 1023, or info@pecounty.on.ca.

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