Asbestos-free Italian cuisine

Photo Credit: Ashley Knight

It looks like folks in Albany are inching closer to a new kind of Italian cuisine.

Demolition has begun to make way for the new Olive Garden.

Construction crews are tearing up what used to be the Inn at the Albany Mall.

But with other old structures set for demolition like the Heritage House, many worry about asbestos or other harmful materials being disturbed.

Senior Plans Examiner, Tracy Hester, says there's nothing to worry about.

"We actually have a form called a contractor's agreement that they have to go through to make sure all the infrastructure has been removed and safeguarded in some fashion before demolition and part of that process is notification to the state that they have done due diligence to make sure there is no environmental issues there," says Hester.

Construction is set to begin in April.