North Boulevard Homes set to come down within 90 days

Some residents concerned about asbestos in demo
Posted at 6:10 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 18:10:53-04

Within the next ninety days, the North Boulevard Homes are set to come down as part of Tampa's latest revitalization effort.

However, some residents say they are concerned about what is inside the walls of the old buildings harming them during the demolition process. There are fears about asbestos and mold.

"Anytime, any day, they can inhale any of this stuff and cause damage in their body," said a man who calls himself "Calico", 

The North Boulevard Homes were built in 1941, with a second phase in 1965. Both were constructed when asbestos, a dangerous material that can cause lung damage and cancer, was often used during construction projects across the country.

There is a daycare near the site and Blake High School right across the street.

 "My daughter goes to Pre-K right there," Calico said.

ABC Action News went to the Tampa Housing Authority to ask what steps they are taking to keep residents safe during the demolition.

"There is no mold abatement," said Lillian Stringer, Director of Public Relations for the Tampa Housing Authority. "Asbestos abatement is part of the Demolition Scope of Work that is currently on the street. The pre-bid walk-through has already taken place and bids will close out on April 11th. At that time a contractor will be chosen to do the work."

In the meantime, some lifelong residents like Darrell Neal are excited about the changes the demolition will bring to the neighborhood.

"Just to make this part of the neighborhood better," he said."Take away some of the bad."