Asbestos removal part of renovation process at old Burlington high school
Published September 20, 2023 at 12:29 pm
The existence of asbestos was a known issue at the old Robert Bateman High School and its removal is part of the process of renovating the site, according to the City of Burlington.
Recently those who live near the site on New St. noticed signs pointing out the workers were dealing with asbestos which prompted safety concerns.
The use of asbestos in buildings such as Bateman was common when it was built in the 1960s. Asbestos was considered an effective fire retardant. However, later research found the substance could cause cancer or lung disease if inhaled over a period of time. It was only considered a health hazard if the material was disturbed.
Bateman officially closed in 2020 and was purchased by the City of Burlington last year from the Halton District School Board. The City plans to turn the site into a multi-use community centre that will also house a campus of Brock University.
The asbestos removal is being carried out by a qualified team as part of the conversion process, according to the City.
“Everything is being carried out safely and follows all regulations,” a spokesperson said. “The signs are posted as a precaution. There is no threat to public safety.”
When complete the site will will be an all-purpose community hub but also be home to tenants such as the university. It is expected to open in the spring of 2025.