- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A $4 million asbestos removal project is underway at the former federal courthouse in downtown Billings.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2hiCBdo ) that the five-story building has been sitting empty for several years, but the asbestos removal and a contest to rename the structure signal a fresh start.

Billings firm EEC is managing the renovations at the former James F. Battin Federal Courthouse. President Quentin Eggart said Monday that the asbestos removal started a few weeks ago and should be finished in six to eight months.

Asbestos is in large portions of the building material. Eggart says is being removed by Spray Systems of Arizona, whose owners have Montana roots.

Building owner Joe Holden said in a news release that he is excited to start bringing the structure “back to life.”

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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