Collapsed building to be assessed for hazardous materials

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

"The City engaged an environmental company to do an assessment on the building to see what Missouri Department of Natural Resources will require during demolition," City Manager Mark Mitchell said Monday.

On Dec. 15, the building at 100 N. Cedar St. commonly known as The Bluebird Cafe and belonging to Roy Taylor, suffered a partial collapse sending debris on Cherry and Cedar streets and prompting response from Nevada Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works, local utilities and other local entities and resulted in the area being closed all night to allow a contractor with a crane and wrecking ball to knock down the leaning front wall and stabilize the building until a more complete demolition could take place. The 100 block of East Cherry Street remains closed due to the danger posed by the remains of the building.

"We are hopeful an environmental abatement will not be required on the whole structure," Mitchell said. "If abatement is required, this will increase the cost because all debris will be considered hazardous and must be removed with additional safety requirements."

If the building is found to contain hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead paint, the cost and complexity of the cleanup increase significantly.

"If abatement is not required then the clean fill - bricks, rocks, etcetera - can be separated out reducing dump fees and only the determined hazardous material will require special handling for landfill dumping." Mitchell explained. "Once the report is received, hopefully this week, we can proceed with the City legal department drafting an agreement for the property owner. This agreement will provide terms of demolition and responsibility."

Mitchell said the City has already paid $5,800 for a crane with a wrecking ball to stabilize the building and he anticipates the City spending several thousand on the abatement assessment.

As to when the demolition of the building will be completed, Mitchell said, "Best case scenario, two weeks."

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