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Sankey Demolition Date Set

The Sankey Hi-Rise in Springfield is officially coming down October 22. The abandoned apartment complex has been called an eyesore by the community for years, and now dust is becoming a problem for many who live around the buildings.

Local residents are happy to see the property, which used to offer housing for low-income residents, torn down. And they'll be pleased when the dust leaves as well.

"I'm tired of all that dust. I got dust that thick on top of my car."

Maurice Renfro says he lives 75 feet away from the Sankey Hi-Rise demolition site. He says the work on the buildings has created a major health risk for him and his wife, Beverly.

"My house is just covered with just dust from all of this. I can't breathe. I was back at the doctor's office today. I was there Saturday," Beverly Renfro said.

The Renfros, along with dozens of other Springfield residents, voiced their concerns about dust coming from the demolition site.

Alderman Cory Jobe listened in on the meeting that the Springfield Housing Authority put together. The alderman said he knows there will be certain issues, but major dust problems should not be one.

"We need to make sure that site is very soaked. I was told last week that you have to soak it quite a bit while this process is going on," Cory Jobe said.

Residents like JR Pearce worry more dust will accumulate when the demolition actually happens.

He fears for his kids' and animals' health.

"Who knows how long that stuff's in the air. I know they have professionals who come in and check out, but you could never be sure with that kind of stuff," Pearce said.

Springfield Housing Authority executive director Jackie Newman said this is the first time she's heard of the dust problem. She wants residents to call her if the issue continues.

"We are concerned that the area is safe, that families and residents are safe, and that the health and safety of everyone is our first priority," she said.

You can reach the Springfield Housing Authority at 217-753-5757 if you have any questions or concerns. They plan to pass out fliers letting residents know of possible evacuation requirements. Those who live 500 feet away from the hi-rise will be asked to leave their homes between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22. Anyone who lives within 1,000 feet of the hi-rise is asked to stay away from windows until the demolition is over.

The demolition is set for 10:30 a.m. on October 22.

 
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