CROWN POINT | Demolition of vacant buildings is set to start Sept. 12 on the site of a proposed library parking lot at East Street and Robinson Court, an IDEM official said.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is working with planners of the new library to ensure the buildings are torn down in compliance with environmental regulations, agency spokeswoman Amy Hartsock said.
IDEM received notification from library officials last week of plans to demolish the buildings after first removing materials containing asbestos, Hartsock said.
Razing the buildings had been halted until IDEM received proper notification, and the agency had ordered the site secured.
The plan submitted to IDEM by library officials calls for the stripping and removing asbestos starting Tuesday. The work will continue through Sept. 10, with demolition of the buildings scheduled from Sept. 12 to 21, Hartsock said.
"We'll continue to oversee the activities there," Hartsock said. "Our focus is making sure the project is done in compliance with environmental regulations."
The proposed off-site parking lot at East Street and Robinson Court is intended for patrons and employees of the $12 million new city library being built across the street, in the 100 block of North Main Street.
Occupants of a building neighboring the proposed off-site parking lot filed a lawsuit in July against the city and its Plan Commission, as well as the Crown Point Community Library, over their handling of the process for permitting the parking lot.
The law firm Austgen Kuiper & Associates, which occupies the Main Street Professional Center at Main Street and Robinson Court, filed the lawsuit after first raising concerns the parking lot would add to traffic congestion and lead to drainage problems, among other issues.
The new library is set to open in late October. Its main parking lot is under construction south of the main entrance in the middle of the 100 block of North Main Street.