Asbestos Delays Force Mexican Consul Staff to Rent New Office Space

NOVEMBER 29, 2006 - Posted at 3:41 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The long-planned formal opening of a Mexican consulate in Little Rock has been delayed because workers discovered asbestos while remodeling the consulate's future home.

The consulate has been working since July out of a temporary office rented from the state for $1 a month.  The Mexican government moved its consul staff to commercial space in downtown Little Rock this week.

Andres Chao, Mexican consul for Arkansas, said the decision to move into the South Center Street office space in a privately-owned building came after the lease ran out.

Chao revealed the asbestos problem.  The building is on University Avenue near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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