EPA to Demolish Lobb Lumber Building
EPA plans to demolish the Lobb Lumber building on the Havertown PCP Site in preparation for the construction of an on-site water treatment plant. The water treatment plant is part of EPA's plan to address contaminated soil and ground water at the site and is planned for construction in 1997.
As part of the plan to build the treatment plant, EPA is purchasing the Lobb Lumber property. Starting next week, the Agency will begin preparing to tear down the building. Following is a list of the activities EPA plans to conduct at the site next week:
- Set up trailers and offices;
- Shut off and seal all utilities;
- Remove electrical fixtures, fuel tanks, and other materials;
- Remove small amounts of asbestos.
EPA plans to begin the actual demolition of the Lobb Lumber building on May 6th. The demolition will start at the back of the building and work toward the corner of Hillcrest and Eagle Roads. When the demolition is completed, EPA will construct a fence around the area to restrict access to the site. EPA also will make improvements to the existing access driveway at the site. The improved driveway will provide future access to the businesses behind the site. Finally, at the location of the Lobb Lumber building, EPA plans to construct the water treatment plant that will clean the contaminated ground water at the site. The diagram below shows the northern portion of the site before and after these activities.
Most of the activities that will take place during the demolition will occur on the site. However, residents may temporarily experience some increased truck traffic in the area. Debris from the building will be placed in dumpsters and hauled off of the site by trucks. Residents also can expect some traffic along Hillcrest Road to be blocked or limited to one lane for short periods of time during the demolition.
During the demolition, EPA will take measures to ensure the safety of the surrounding community. Dust control measures will be applied as needed and the air around the site will be regularly monitored for contaminants.
Earlier soil samples taken immediately in front of and underneath the Lobb Lumber building indicate that the building is not contaminated. The air monitoring and dust control measures are to ensure that contaminated soil near the building is not disrupted as a result of the demolition activities.
For More Information
EPA plans to hold an availability session at the Lobb Lumber building on Thursday, May 2. At the availability session, EPA staff will be on hand to answer questions about remedial activities at the Havertown PCP Site. If you would like to find out more about the upcoming site activities, but cannot attend the availability session, contact one of the EPA representatives listed on page one of this fact sheet.
When: Thursday, May 2, 1996, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lobb Lumber, Corner of Hillcrest & Eagle Roads
Community Involvement Coordinator
Lisa Brown (3EA30)
Remedial Project Manager
Greg Ham (3HW21)
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029