Asbestos discovered in Gulfport's City Hall

By David Elliott - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Members of the Gulfport City Council toured City Hall on Monday to get an update on the $1.2 million renovation project.

Work on the building has revealed several items of concern. Contractors found asbestos in tiles covering the structure's original wood floors.

"We opted to have all the asbestos removed," said Gulfport's Chief Administrative Officer Dr. John Kelly.

The asbestos mitigation will add to the price tag of the restoration.

"We might have to cut back on costs and types of materials," Councilman Brian Carriere said.

Some have suggested that the Warr administration is including lavish things, like granite countertops, in the project. Carriere and others want the city to keep a watchful eye on costs.

The removal of the asbestos will delay the project. Work is now expected to be completed by the end of March.