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From meth house to magnificent

June 01, 2009
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MISSOULA, MT — Many former methamphetamine houses either lay uninhabited or are demolished because of the high price to clean and decontaminate the structures, according to the Missoulian.
According to the story, the house at 5609 Mainview Drive in Missoula''s prominent South Hills neighborhood is being salvaged after it was identified as a "meth house" over two years ago.
Mark Hlebichuk, owner of Industrial Hygiene, Environmental and Safety Services Inc. (IHESS), decided to save the neighborhood eyesore and purchase the house for $110,000 and perform the methamphetamine decontamination on it for an additional $90,000, the story stated.
The project will take all summer, but once the home passes a third-party inspection for environmental safety and indoor air quality (IAQ), Hlebichuk will hold an open house for the community to showcase his skills for potential clients before putting the house on the market, the story noted.
Hlebichuk, who was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Indoor Air Quality Council, said: "I can do this because I know how, and for me, it''s my way of giving something back. It''s my way of helping to make a healthier community. When I''m done here, the meth house will be gone — and so will its stigma. It''s going to be one sweet house."
Hlebichuk does not expect a large profit from his project; rather, he hopes to raise people''s expectations of what can be achieved with a home polluted by methamphetamine or anything else foreign to the structure, the story added.
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