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5. The building is full of asbestos and Heaven knows what else!
A feasibility study should include an assessment of the possible hazardous materials, such as asbestos, that may need to be dealt with in the course of a restoration. Some sites have old gas and oil tanks buried deep in the bowels of the building. Dealing with them does not necessarily mean removal or total abatement. Many materials are only hazardous in certain forms. Well developed techniques for encapsulation, metamorphosis, or simply leaving the hazardous material alone and undisturbed, can be applied in addition to more traditional approaches of abatement. The study should develop a clear and prioritized strategy for dealing with hazardous materials, with alternatives and cost consequences.


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10. That old building is ready to fall down around our shoulders

9. You can't change the layout because it has a bunch of load bearing walls.

8. It has code violations left and right. There's no way to make it work with ADA.

7. The "hysterical" society won't let you make any changes. They'll even tell you what color to paint it!

6. We'll have to do all sorts of reproduction of historical stuff. It will probably cost a small fortune!

5. The building is full of asbestos and God knows what else!

4. Doesn't the city have some kind of free money or grant program?

3. The building has to come down to make room for parking.

2. My contractor says it will cost too much!

1. We'll be better off tearing it down and building something new!
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