Oceanside, NY, August 23, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- South Nassau Communities Hospital is taking another step in its ongoing effort to restore vital healthcare services to the residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities with the start of the demolition of the Central, Founders, and East buildings of the former Long Beach Medical Center.
This past fall the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed that the Central, Founders and East buildings should be demolished as the cost of repairs necessary to bring them into code compliance was cost prohibitive. The structures are part of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s acquisition of the former Long Beach Medical Center’s assets, which included land, buildings and equipment. SNCH formally acquired the properties in October of last year.
A complete abatement of each structure was conducted prior to the start of the demolition. The abatement included the complete removal of asbestos, lead, paint and mercury containing materials such as exterior siding, roof shingles, tar paper, pipe wrap and interior floor tiles. The abatement was approved by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) and air monitoring was conducted as required by the DOL. The buildings have also been cleared of all equipment and furniture and the exterior has been secured to guard against intruders. A portion of E. Bay Street has been closed off to vehicular traffic as part of the demolition.
South Nassau officials have been working closely with City of Long Beach and regulatory agencies on the demolition. Cranes equipped with grapple claws will be the primary machinery used for the demolition of the Central, Founders and East buildings. To prevent machinery and construction vehicles from kicking up dust, the properties will be watered down during the demolition work. The path that will be used for hauling debris from the properties will be Lincoln Boulevard to Harrison St., then a right onto Long Beach Rd. Residents can expect some noise during work hours (such as the crackling of wood, the breaking of concrete, and the rumble of construction vehicles) as building materials are crushed or hauled away to a recycling facility.
As mandated by the City of Long Beach noise ordinance, the demolition work will begin no earlier than 8AM each day, with work occurring from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Funding for the demolition project is approved and obligated through the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) process.
For more information, call Damian Becker, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s External Affairs Office, at (516) 377-5370.