HOBART — An asbestos scan is the next item to deal with for an apartment building that has been closed since July for multiple code violations.

Hobart building official Karen Hansen said several items have been completed, including surface mold and air quality testing, tied to a restraining order for the building, 215 East St.

Hansen said the mold and air tests produced acceptable results.

Eleven families were moved when the notice was issued.

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James Yannakopoulos, a lawyer representing apartment owner Joe Gore, said his client wanted to move on to electrical work in the building. He said the city requires an asbestos analysis before it can start, but he thinks it’s not necessary because electrical work doesn’t affect areas where asbestos is.

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“Requiring the whole building to be tested for asbestos when work is not going to be done on the whole building goes beyond what I think is normal,” Yannakopoulos said at a recent meeting of the council. Works and Safety Council.

Hansen said there were asbestos issues in other areas of the building. She said she recently received a call from Gore to meet with him and an asbestos inspector in the building. Upon arrival, she was informed that the inspector was not licensed to perform inspections in Indiana, but the person fixed asbestos on a pipe in the basement.

“It’s important that we follow the original order,” Hansen said. “We’re not raising our bar at all.”

Yannakopoulos said he acknowledged the asbestos around the pipes had been dealt with before completing an inspection.

“It was encapsulated immediately to avoid any issues,” he said.

The council decided to stick to the initial order and not make any changes, so the asbestos analysis must be completed.

The issue will be revisited at the council session on November 2, and Hansen believes the asbestos work could be completed by then.

If the asbestos analysis is done, the city could issue an electrical permit. Hansen said the control also needs HVAC improvements.

Gore’s legal team said the HVAC system was updated before Gore purchased the building and was up to city code when installed by the previous owner.

They believe the system should be grandfathered because it met city standards when installed.

Hansen said Hobart had no record of any permits issued when the HVAC system was installed. Hobart also has no documentation that it was up to code when Gore purchased the building, so the system needs to be updated to meet current standards.