Green, the deputy ombudsman, points to a $4 million project in the Overlook neighborhood. The contractor failed to remove the siding before demolition took place. The penalty? Just $876 in administrative fees due to the stop-work order. (BDS does not issue fines for first-time violations.)”Why follow the rules if the fine totals $876 and you’ve saved $5,000 on removing the siding by hand?” Green asks. “Human nature is not on the side of doing right.”
Source: Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants – Willamette Week
COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND CHRONICLE – Builder Peter Kusyk began demolition of a Northeast Portland church in April. Kusyk’s Firenze Development has faced off with neighbors of a Northeast Porltand bungalow because of concerns about lead in the demolition dust.
The problem was, as neighbors were to learn, the letter referred to lead levels in water running off a landfill. It had nothing to do with lead dust flying from a demolition.
Source: Pamplin Media Group – NE Portland demolition dust-up highlights fears over lead paint
Patricia Kobylski has been trying to get the City of Detroit to remove a pile of debris left from an illegal demolition in her east-side neighborhood. On Tuesday, she holds an envelope filled with notes on her calls to city officials. (Photo: Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press)
The property is owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority, but spokesman Craig Fahle said city officials don’t know who tore it down in January 2015. Fahle said no one pulled a demolition permit, and the Free Press could not find any demolition or asbestos abatement notices on file with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the property on Westphalia between Gratiot and McNichols.
Source: Two years after mystery home demolition, Detroit will clean up mess
The Corkman Irish pub in Carlton, which was demolished illegally. Photo: Eddie Jim
The developers have been slammed for destroying the 159-year-old pub, formerly known as the Carlton Inn, and are now under investigation from the Victorian Building Authority, the City of Melbourne, the EPA, WorkCover and Heritage Victoria.
Source: Carlton pub owners fined more than $15,000 for leaving asbestos waste uncovered
Muchea Land Fill foreman Troy Owen is concerned recycled material, which will potentially go into buildings, may contain asbestos. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper
“(Demolition rubble) can’t be 100 per cent asbestos free,” Mr Scott said. “If you demolish a building it doesn’t matter how careful you are, you are going to get asbestos.” “We have machines with throughput volumes of 5000 tonnes an hour. When you look at the volumes we play with, that’s a lot of asbestos we can put out,” he added.
Source: The problems Perth businesses face recycling asbestos construction waste | Perth Now
Ivan Helmuth, owner of H&H Demolitions, has said he thinks as much as half of the mill’s materials could be reused for purposes such as furniture, or siding for buildings. The elevator mechanisms also are salvageable for farm use, he said.
via Mill dismantling on hold | Regional news | wiscnews.com.
Crews tore down a house on Northeast 29th Avenue and replaced it with a much larger house. After that replacement, crews tore down the neighboring house, too. (Casey Parks/The Oregonian)
Some infill developers have taken to tearing down the majority of a house but leaving small parts standing. As far as city planners are concerned, that’s a remodel, not a demolition.
Neighbors have also raised concerns about asbestos being released during demolitions without proper precautions. The Bureau of Development Services may require developers seeking a demolition permit to acknowledge that they have to meet state asbestos regulations.
via Portland home demolitions: Committee to recommend 35-day waiting period | OregonLive.com.