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Swannanoa is in line to get a heart transplant.
At least that’s how it feels to long-time Valley residents who witnessed Beacon Manufacturing’s closing in 2002 and the arson fire a year later that turned the commercial and social center into a burnt shell.
The cleared 40-acre site is a sad reminder to former workers who still live around it. But that may soon change as new homes and businesses are planned for the spot, Buncombe County officials say.