All Souls Church remains closed

  • Asbestos was discovered at All Souls Church during renovations in early August, and the church has been closed since. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 8/23/2019 6:17:20 PM
Modified: 8/23/2019 6:17:07 PM

GREENFIELD — The doors of All Souls Church are not open yet.

According to a sign on the doors of the church from Aug. 6, the building was inspected by the Greenfield Health Department and found to be unsafe to occupy because of asbestos contamination.

The sign advises that people “do not enter or occupy.”

The asbestos was found during renovations in early August, according to Greenfield Building Inspector Mark Snow.

All Souls has contracted with specialists, as required by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to create a plan to remediate the asbestos. In the meantime, the church will remain closed.

“Although some asbestos containing material was identified and properly abated, additional asbestos containing material was identified,” said Catherine Skiba, service center manager with the state DEP’s Western Regional Office. “MassDEP is working with the church and their contractor to ensure work will be completed properly.”

Kirsten Levitt, executive chef and director of Stone Soup Café, said once a plan for removal is approved, the rest of the asbestos will be removed.

“We are hopeful that this work will be completed in time for the Sept. 8 Water Communion In Gathering Service,” Levitt said.

Meanwhile, the Stone Soup Café continues to serve its meal at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. each Saturday until All Souls reopens.

Sunday’s summer service — “What is Worship” led by Sandra Boston — will be held at 170 Main St. at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at 413-772-0261, ext. 263 or mbourdeau@recorder.com.




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