>At its regular meeting today, the Darke County Commission Board approved the expenditure of $2,300 for environmental assessments to be completed on five county-owned buildings west of the courthouse. $500 of the funds will be for asbestos abatement specifications, while $1,800 will be for a Phase I environmental site assessment. Environmental Assessment Services, Inc. will do the work.
The five buildings in question include the Albrecht building (West Fourth), the former Visitation House (Sycamore Street), the former DARE House (Sycamore Street), and some utility buildings. Business & Safety Coordinator John Cook said the assesments were being done in contemplation of razing the buildings. The buildings would not all be demolished at once, but the cost of the assessments would be the same for one building or five, so it was prudent to do all the assessments now.
No timetable was discussed regarding the demolition of the buildings.
Clarification: there was no discussion of a new courts building at the commission meeting. At this point, the demolition of the buildings may or may not be related to the courts building project.