The remains of the iconic Nabisco plant in Fair Lawn will remain standing for the time being.
The facility was scheduled to be demolished via implosion on April 15, but an update from the Borough of Fair Lawn last week noted it would be postponed.
The borough said no new date or time had been scheduled. The demolition was expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. on the date, but Controlled Demolition Inc. noted that certain meteorological conditions could create a “low ceiling.”
Glen Rock Residents Concerns
Ahead of the planned demolition, Glen Rock residents were airing their concerns. According to New Jersey Spotlight News, some Glen Rock residents reported damage in their homes in connection to current activities at the site.
“We’re seeing cracks in the floor, in the walls, not just my house. There are many houses in this complex facing this issue,” Anshuman Jain, a Glen Rock resident, said.
“We went to the Department of Labor. We went to the Department of Environmental Protection, on our own, because we weren’t getting the answers, and we did our own investigation,” added John Mulhollan, another Glen Rock resident.
“We found that there was asbestos, and we still aren’t sure about how it’s being monitored. Everybody says it’s OK, but maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.”
School Campus Closing After Demolition
Glen Rock Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brett Charleston issued a letter to staff, parents, and students March 29 informing them of the decision to close the schools on Monday, April 17, provided the implosion would continue as planned.
Officials have since said schools will open as normal due to the delay. The school district will use one of its remaining emergency closing days for the date, if needed when a new demolition date is available.
Custodians and maintenance employees would deep clean the entire building following the demolition and change all ventilation system filters before reopening the campus.