Tags:Full announcement from Buncombe County below:
After years of working to coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency and North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources regarding the old CTS facility, the EPA revised a prior recommendation and advised the County that removal of the building was recommended. This request was made, in part, due to evidence of use by individuals other than the owners as well as deterioration of the condition of the property. The County Attorney began discussions with the attorney for the Mills Gap Road Associates (MGRA).
The County’s building inspections department inspected the property which led to the issuance of an order to repair or demolish the facility in September. Mills Gap Road Associates, (MGRA) who own the facility, appealed the building inspector's order and a hearing was set for November 1.
The County was notified today by the attorney for MGRA that they have withdrawn their appeal of the building inspector's order and consented to the demolition of the facility.
The County will begin the process of demolition as early as November 7. Proper precautions to prepare for demolition will be made and air quality samples will be taken during the process. The County is coordinating with EPA and its contractors to ensure the safety of the community during the demolition and to protect the site specific to EPA’s ongoing assessment and remediation work.