Some Springfield Housing Authority high rises are set to be demolished.
Implosion of the Sankey Hi-Rises in Springfield is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on October 22, 2013. The Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association held a meeting to discuss concerns over the demolition. A major concern was the current and future dust situation.
“We need to make sure that the site is very soaked,” said Alderman Cory Jobe, “I was told last week that you would have to soak it quite a bit while this process is going on and if it’s not we need to fix it.”
Jobe said Springfield Housing Authority will be hearing from him and there will be a response. He added that Monday night was the first he had heard of the dust issue.
Lisa Kelly with the company Advanced Explosives Demolition, who is in charge of the implosion, said she realizes the concern over dust. Some of that, is unavoidable.
“It is always a concern what is going into our airs. We have a lot of environmental issues in America as far as pollution, asbestos and all these things. The bottom line is we all value our job. We are going to do every single thing in compliance.”
Kelly added that safety and public health is the number one concern of AED. She assures all Springfield residents that everything is being done within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
The Sankey Hi-Rise complex is in Alderman Cory Jobe’s 6th Ward. It is near Ward 5 as well. Alderman Sam Cahnman was also in attendance.