Compliance & Assurance Project

Property Acquisition and Demolition

Electric Utility Company Center & Blacklick Townships, PA

Solution Overview

Property Acquisition and Demolition

Client:

Electric Utility Company

Business Challenge:

  • Purchase permit and demolition

Solution:

  • Asbestos evaluation and remediation
  • Structure removal and disposal
  • Test pits and artifact classification

Results:

  • Permits obtained
  • Asbestos contained, removed, and disposed
  • Artifacts logged with Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC)
  • All structures have been removed

Challenge

The client’s acquisition of seven neighboring properties included real-estate appraisals and negotiations for final purchase pricing, which ranged from 2-acre residential lots to 200-acre farms. Six of the seven properties contained structures, some of which were over 100 years old. Suspected asbestos required verification, and any found were properly disposed. Asbestos are naturally found in minerals that are impervious to erosion and high temperatures. As such, asbestos are found in various products, such as insulation used for pipes, building constituents, and automobile brakes and clutches. Asbestos includes several mineral fibers, including amosite, chrysotile, tremolite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, and actinolite. The Cultural Resource Notice classified one of these structures as yielding potential historic value. Accordingly, the client acquired these parcels to increase their land holdings for future use, and to minimize risk and liability.

Solution

All evaluation and testing were performed upon completion of the acquisition. Subsequent to all required procedures, we collaborated with the contractor for proper removal and disposal. Furthermore, we collaborated with the archeologist assigned to this project to perform a series of tasks, including test pits and artifacts classification.

Results

Via county demolition permits, utility cut-offs were coordinated and obtained. Prior to full demolition, all structures were investigated for asbestos. Upon confirmation of any asbestos, they were properly contained, removed, and disposed. Deemed historical, artifacts that were uncovered during the process were logged and now reside within the PHMC. In closing, construction and demolition waste were disposed in a local municipal landfill, whereas the sites were re-graded and seeded.

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