Schlosser on Revolution Mill… again

In a follow up article about the planned $130M redevelopment of the 75 acre Cone Mills district on Yanceyville Street, N&R reporter Jim Schlosser focuses on the controversial location for the city’s new Buffalo Creek sewer outfall and the potential for damage that could occur because of it. (My previous coverage)

Schlosser quotes City Water Resources Director Allan Williams, who…

“…insists that outside engineers hired by the city have given their “professional seal of approval” that the blasting would not harm the concrete and brick building. It was built in 1915 and stands on pylons over North Buffalo Creek.” revolution-mill-1.jpg

But even with such a “professional seal of approval“, note that neither the city nor the pipeline’s contractor has publicly accepted liability for likely damage to the National Registry property; perched only eight feet distant from the pipeline’s planned 30 ft deep trench.

Schlosser’s article touched on the likely reason that the city is pushing to get that pipeline in the ground as expeditiously as possible:  Time and money.  The sewer line is being replaced under a…

 “…2003 consent agreement between the city and state health authorities. The state demanded the city replace a small, outdated sewer line with cracks that ran beside North Buffalo Creek.    …The city agreed to the new pipeline after the state threatened a building moratorium, which Williams says would have banned future construction in north Greensboro.”

Under this “consent agreement” the city faces some pretty stiff fines if the pipeline isn’t completed within a certain time period.  Re-engineering and moving the pipeline could set the project back enough to trigger those fines.

Revolution Studios, LLC principal Jim Peeples has enlisted the services of civil engineer David Fischetti who was instrumental in the efforts to move the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse back in 1999.  This might get even more interesting as the city’s two-week moratorium on digging near the mill expires.

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  1. D2
    Posted June 26, 2007 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    The contractors should speak to the contractors who worked on the road at High Point’s city Lake. Their blasting a hundred yards away damaged the pool plumbing last year.