Asbestos has been discovered in the roof at Gracie Mansion and work to remove the potentially cancer-causing materials from New York City’s mayoral residence will begin this month, city officials told The Associated Press.
The hazardous material was discovered last month as crews prepared to replace the mayoral mansion’s leaky roof. Officials do not believe the work poses any health risk to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family, who will remain in the home during the renovation.
“Gracie Mansion is one of Manhattan’s oldest structures built more than 200 years ago and, as with any older home, maintenance is necessary,” mayoral spokesman Peter Kadushin said.
The cost of removing the asbestos will be about $250,000, while replacement of the mansion’s 30-year-old roof should cost an additional $3.4 million, officials said.