Should Plainfielders worry about the corner-cutting practices of its designated redevelopment agency, the Union County Improvement Authority?
Yesterday's Ledger carried a story of UCIA exec Charlotte DeFilippo's blithe dismissal of concerns that there was asbestos in buildings being knocked down in Linden in preparation for its Transit Village.
According to DeFilipppo --
the state inspector found "a tiny particle of asbestos" in some glue attached to part of the roofing material in the corner of one building.'Not airborne,' she said, by way of dismissal.
Nevertheless, DeFilippo ignored a stop-work order, though she did invite them to inspect the site.
"I was not going to waste taxpayer money having the contractors stand around," she [said].The project has had many delays, which Mayor Richard Gerbounka attributed in part to differences with a developer.
In Plainfield, we have seen the way the UCIA works with the Park-Madison office complex -- many of whose completion items remain unfinished.
Some compare DeFilippo's style to that of a smash-and-grab artist rather than a neurosurgeon.
Should this caper worry Plainfielders?
What do you think?
Ledger - 7/17/2008: "Asbestos complaint at Linden demolition"
-- Dan Damon
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