Demolition of Massive State Building Raises Health, Environmental Concerns


“Despite assurances of safety, residents are concerned about health and environmental impacts and want to delay the coming demolition of the state’s sprawling, century-old Central Services Facility on the Near East Side.”

“The state Department of Administration, which is razing the 180,000-square-foot industrial building near Williamson Street and the Yahara River for a $46.7 million archive preservation facility for the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Veterans Museum, is moving ahead. But on Friday, DOA agreed to meet with state lawmakers who represent the area.”

“Residents are concerned about possible soil and groundwater contamination, noise, dust, and effects on an adjacent bike path and the river. They also are upset about a lack of communication and scant notice of the timing of demolition. The drab grey building at 202 S. Thornton St., built between 1895 and 1924, has been used for heavy industry, and since 1972, for state vehicles, mail handling and printing services.”

“’It’s a big deal,’ Marquette Neighborhood Association president Lynn Lee said.”

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