YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Work to tear down a big piece of Youngstown’s skyline is on hold until contractors obtain the proper permits.
On Thursday afternoon, an official with the Mahoning County Building Inspection office issued a “stop-work” order to crews at the former General Electric plant off Market Street on the city’s lower South Side.
Although paperwork was filed last summer to remove asbestos from the 100-year-old structure, workers also have been taking windows out of the building without having obtained the needed construction or demolition permits.
“There’s usually a scope of demolition as to what a demolition is, what the demolition is going to entail. Sometimes it’s a complete demolition, sometimes it’s a partial. Sometimes it’s just the abatements,” said Mahoning County Building Inspector Jeff Uroseva.
Inspectors said it shouldn’t take that long to obtain the permits and officials with the local Air Pollution Control office said work removing asbestos from the building is nearly complete. That work began in August and involves a company from Rootstown.
A Cleveland real estate agency is marketing the building for GE, which still owns the property, along with an adjacent parking area. Plans are to level the site, making it more attractive for potential developers.