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Holland project hits snag

Asbestos located in ceiling

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Workers with Durable Restoration this week located asbestos in holes such as this one in the ceiling of the Holland Theatre, which was photographed Monday evening prior to the discovery. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The much-anticipated project to restore the ceiling of the Holland Theatre took a hit this week as the contractor tearing into the ceiling located asbestos.

But the volunteers who run the theater say they will be able to cover any additional cost the asbestos removal entails and still expect to be open for Center Stage Productions’ Snow White performance the first weekend of May under entirely safe conditions.

“It’s an older building, so it’s not to be unexpected,” board member Kris Swisher said. “It is unanticipated and just disappointing.”

“When you have an older building like this you typically run into this,” architect Karen Beasley said. “Everybody kind of freaks out when they hear that word, but it’s not a serious issue.”

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