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County to Study Asbestos at Massena Sunrise Mall

Policymakers in St. Lawrence County decided Monday to conduct a $3,600 survey in the Massena Sunrise Mall for dangerous substances such as asbestos.

St. Lawrence County took title to the Mall building at for approximately $45,000 back taxes. The county then sold it at auction for $5,000 in 2011 October, but returned the money and didn’t transfer the title after deciding that the sole bidder was acting as the former owner’s agent.

After the survey, the county will decide whether it should collect rent from the tenants. At present, the county is unwilling to charge rent as it could make them responsible for shortages within the Mall building. The major issue is the likely presence of asbestos, a known carcinogen, in the building’s basement.

It is said that there were bags containing asbestos on the basement, which was taken out from pipes, but didn’t properly disposed of.