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Future of Historic NC Water Tower Uncertain

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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The future of a historic water tank in North Carolina remains uncertain: Officials are aiming to tear down the Loray Mill village structure, though a decision has not yet been made and other options are on the table.

The town’s ownership of the tank, originally built in 1929, dates to 1935. The structure stands on less than half an acre and is valued at $452,625, according to the Gaston Gazette.

Historic North Carolina Water Tank

The tank has some structural issues that need to be addressed, and pairing this with recurring costs associated with stabilizing the structure, even the possibility of putting the tank back into operation, does not seem prudent spending to city leaders. Many of these options would kickstart both immediate and recurring maintenance expenses. Concerns were first raised in 2016, though the city did not take any action at that time.

The city has three options:

  • Repair and repainting, estimated to cost $475,000: The tower would be left out of service, with only the aesthetics being improved. Its height makes it too low to be used as a pressure source by Two Rivers Utilities;
  • Repair, repaint and restore, estimated to cost $725,000: This would require the installation of a booster pump station to allow for water turnover and ensuring water quality, a study to determine the hydraulic impact of the water system on residents would also be required and painting would have to recur once every 10 years; and
  • Demolition and removal, estimated to cost $225,000: Using this option, the city could recycle and sell the steel from the demolition, and once the tower was taken down, the vacant real estate would likely be donated to a nonprofit like Preservation North Carolina, which is seeking to revitalize the village.

The city’s utilities committee met to discuss the matter Wednesday (Jan. 23) to make a recommendation as to what to do with the tank.

Editor's Note: The description of the tower's height was changed on Feb. 8, 2019, at 10:31 a.m.


Tagged categories: Demolition; NA; North America; potable water; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair; Water Tanks

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