Cleveland – Plans for transforming Parma’s downtown got a $2M boost on Wednesday. The funds will go towards the $70M project for redeveloping a former mall (Parmatown Mall) into the Shoppes at Parma. The redeveloped structure will feature new medical and modern retail offices, among other amenities.
Council members at Cuyahoga County approved the award from the Western Reserve Fund of Cuyahoga, created for supporting financial development all through the county, a press release recently released by the office of the county executive says.
Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive, said that the site had been a development priority for long.
The funds will be used for removing asbestos from the retail buildings as well as the medical office buildings. They will also pay for tearing down dated retail structures.
Asbestos is the generic name given to a number of strong as well as flexible minerals which are chemically inert, virtually indestructible, and highly resistant to fire, heat and electricity. Asbestos poses a health threat when the material is friable (which means it can be crushed or crumbled into a powder).
Microscopic asbestos fibers have nearly the same thickness as cigarette smoke. When tiny asbestos fibres are released into the surroundings, they could be inhaled easily and either ingested or trapped in lungs, especially in the lower parts of lungs.
Asbestos exposure is linked to a number of serious health issues. Lung cancer is the most commonly found asbestos-related disease and it takes nearly 20 to 30 years to appear after the exposure. Another asbestos-linked disease is asbestosis, which is a chronic scarring of lung tissue. Although asbestos itself is not fatal, it is a debilitating condition which could eventually result in deadly cases of flu, pneumonia, lung cancer, or mesothelioma.
The most dangerous asbestos-related disease is mesothelioma – a rare cancer that affects the lining of lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma is always deadly. The victim usually dies within a year following the diagnosis. Even low levels of asbestos exposure can result in mesothelioma.
Asbestos removal is a very time consuming and expensive process. The initial step is to have a certified inspector for determining where all asbestos is located in the building. The removal of asbestos should be performed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Asbestos removal is a mandatory process prior to the redevelopment or demolition of any building that contains the mineral.