Nursing home demolition leaves dust trail

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Progress is not always clean.

That’s what residents near the Peace Bridge on Buffalo’s West Side are finding out over the past couple weeks.

“It’s like hail…small hail.” said Steve Greene, who has lived on Columbus Parkway for thirty seven years, but for the past couple weeks, the demolition of the Episcopal Church Home across the street is leaving all sorts of residue on his car, in the cob-webs, and even in his backyard.

“White rain I call it. The first layer was off the roof, was black and brown, the second bunch has been all concrete white stuff. Then, they came through with a street cleaner and it’s still out there.”

If he goes outside while they’re working, he sometimes puts on a dusk mask. “My grandson next door has asthma, and my wife has emphysema, so consequently what happens is, who knows.”

The work is being down by Total Wrecking and Environment and LiRo Engineers, under the watchful eye of Empire State Development.
ESD Regional President Sam Hoyt said “Industry wide accepted dust control measures have been implemented and include the use of water spraying for dust suppression, which is modified as needed.”

Greene doesn’t think that’s working. “It’s ineffectual because it’s still, they had three machines and two hoses today. The problem is, if you have a west wind or southwest wind, it comes right over here.”

Asked if there was any cleaner way for crews to demolish such a big building, Greene isn’t sure. “I was thinking if they imploded it, they could’ve had it done in one day.”

Hoyt says the demolition is expected to be done by the end of next week, and then the dust control measures will continue until all the debris is removed from Columbus Parkway near Massachusetts Avenue.

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