Take precautions during theater work


A few weeks ago an article in the Tribune Chronicle detailed a collaborative cleanup at the old Robins Theater in downtown Warren with students and faculty from Warren G. Harding and Howland High participating.

While I believe this to be a worthwhile project, for the sake of everyone’s health and safety it might be better left to professionals. Given the size and scope of previous rehab estimates needed for this longtime vacant structure, a few weekends of cleaning is not going to get this venue open again.

From reviewing the photographs, none of the participants shown were wearing dust masks. To my knowledge the theater has not had friable and / or potentially hazardous materials completely abated and / or permanently encapsulated … molds, lead, asbestos, rodent / bird / bat droppings, etc., as these issues (some ongoing in vacant structures) would be addressed during construction.

As we all know, the cost of this project is overwhelming. Whatever the end use, day-to-day operation of this facility will be critical to the venue’s financial success. Everyone involved in this current revitalization effort needs to be commended but potential investors, architects and contractors will see past any debris and will be prepared to take all necessary precautions.

Troy Kahler