Dayton West Becomes Massive Cocoon
“You go to the windows, and you feel like you’re in a cocoon,” one resident told The Wave on Wednesday. “The weather is nice, and you want to open your windows and get some fresh ocean breezes. That’s why you live in Rockaway, but now you can’t even breathe fresh air in your own apartment.”
Building officials say that there is an asbestos abatement program on the lower floors of the building, and that the law requires they seal the building to keep friable asbestos from entering the building.
The sealed windows, however, have some residents on edge.
Patricia Tuite is 71 years old and lives on the top floor. She has asthma and COPD and her daughter, Pattie Mc- Cabe, fears for her health during the two weeks the building will be sealed.
“I have a very real fear for her,” Mc- Cabe continued. “She has been hospitalized recently for breathing problems and sealing the windows for two weeks could really take its toll on her health.”
McCabe also complained that no notice was ever given to residents that the windows were going to be sealed.
“They told [my mother] that some work was going to be done, but not that the windows would be sealed,” she said. “It came as a complete surprise.”