Hitching Post asbestos removal takes a not too long pause

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 6:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Folks might be seeing some changes in the next few weeks as they drive through the west side of Cheyenne.

Deemed a blighted property by the City of Cheyenne, the re-development of the Hitching Post project has been ten years in the making.

The building has been sitting in disrepair until recently.

“I’ve been dealing with it for about 2 to 3 years. We’ve had transients and homeless, getting in there, and we’ve had multiple fires at that property,” said Bruce Trembath, Chief Building Official for the City of Cheyenne.

The City of Cheyenne has recently tagged the site for asbestos abatement and demolition.

“We originally looked at it to see if the buildings could be renovated. Once we really looked in depth at the asbestos issues we had, we knew we really couldn’t do anything with the current structures, “said Robert Chamberlaine, owner of Swagger Construction.

According to Swagger Construction, problems arose when the first asbestos removal company didn’t have enough staff to meet their 8 to 10-week deadline for removal and demolition.

“There’s two phases to that, first one being getting them down quickly but we also have to do it safely as well,” said Chamberlain.

The Carlyle Investment Group, a Colorado company, has stepped in to take over the removal. With a more extensive staff, they’ll make sure the project stays on schedule.

There is a ten-day waiting period as the EPA and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality review the phases of the intricate and complicated removal process, which has been an enlightening process for some.

“Pffttttt... I’ve learned a lot lately,” said Trembath. The new asbestos company is set to start the removal and disposal on October 1st.

Barring any weather, wind limitations, or additional safety requirements, the reconstruction portion of the project is set to start by the March or April of 2022.

Considering the decade-long timeline this reconstruction has taken, some folks are happy to see progress.

” I cant believe its going to actually happening now,” said Trembath.

The project will have commercial and residential properties, with restaurants, a hotel, coffee shop, apartment condos and a bank.

The preliminary buildings are projected to finish within 18 months.

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