Redstone Arsenal Officials Answer Questions About Mold-Prone Child Care Facility

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - Redstone Arsenal officials have laid out their plan to move students from the Mills Road child care facilities.

Garrison Commander Bill Marks spoke with WHNT News 19, "One of the things we owe our children is a safe environment for their child care."

The children will be moved together, to the Goss Road child development center while the Mills Road location undergoes renovations.

The approximately 140 children will remain with their existing peers and caregivers.

The Mills Road child care facility has been mold free since October, but Marks explains a construction flaw causes water to sit stagnant under the building, leading to the reoccurrence of black mold over the past four years.

"Again there's no immediate concern with mold in the buildings this is something we want to plan for the continued entertainment for this building," said Marks.

The renovation could take anywhere from 9 to 18 months.

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Redstone Arsenal's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has scheduled a town hall meeting to enlighten parents ahead of the imminent merger of Goss and Mills Roads child care facilities.

In October 2013 black mold was found in the Arsenal Child Development Center on Mills Road.

Arsenal health officers told WHNT News 19 that no one was endangered by the mold.

“The mold that was found currently is behind the walls so there is no direct exposure to the pathway to the children and the working staff,” said Colonel William Darby with the Fox Army Medical Center.

The Redstone Arsenal CYSS Parent Advisory Council is contacting members to schedule a group discussion prior to the town hall that has been scheduled by MWR.

The advisory council president plans to compile a list of questions and then document answers from MWR, as both the MWR Director and Garrison Commander have agreed they will address concerns prior to the town hall.

The merger meeting is scheduled for May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Heiser Hall, Building 3712 on Patton Road.

WHNT New 19 is attempting to learn more from Arsenal officials, the MWR director and U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services.

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