History of Development Plans at Metrolina Warehouse Site

Metrolina Warehouse Site (301 Depot Street)

In September 2016, Miller-Valentine, the developer for the Metrolina Warehouse site, held a meeting with citizens who live adjacent to the site to discuss their plans for their proposed Davidson Depot project. At that meeting, the developer and a representative from the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Brownfields Program discussed the plans for environmental remediation of the underground asbestos material at the site.  Many specific and detailed questions were asked about the remediation and construction processes. At that time, the developer was not far along enough in the planning process to be able to fully answer questions from citizens -- they are working on that plan to share with citizens at a future meeting. Also in that September meeting, concerns were raised by citizens about the impacts adjacent to the site, so the state requested the Environmental Protection Agency’s review of the area in Davidson.

Metrolina Warehouse site (301 Depot Street) outlined in red:

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On December 15, 2016, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a meeting at the Ada Jenkins Center to explain its interim process to re-stabilize the Metrolina Warehouse site. They placed green silt fencing around the west side of the site along Sloan Street to contain any asbestos that might be released due to erosion or varmints digging. 

In January 2017, they completed the interim process to secure the Metrolina Warehouse site until a more permanent engineered process is determined. This interim work included:

  • Installation of a closure system for the exposed asbestos-containing material at the property.
  • Stabilization of the slope along Sloan Street to prevent further release of asbestos-containing material from the property.
  • Maintenance and monitoring.
  • Precautions for asbestos-containing material exposure will be required during the work at the property.

NCDEQ Fact Sheet

EPA work adjacent to Metrolina Warehouse site

On November 1, 2016, the representative from the state’s Brownfields Program and the U.S. EPA came to Davidson to conduct a site survey and to make plans to contact adjacent residents. When they were here, they discovered some asbestos-containing material along Eden and Sloan streets that was released from the site. The release was the result of a varmint digging in to the embankment and a localized area where erosion had occurred. The property owner was contacted and immediately hired a certified contractor to remove the material and remediate.  The EPA is visiting properties in a ring around the Metrolina Warehouse site property to see if residents/property owners will agree to free soil testing. If asbestos is found on their site, the EPA will fund remediation, making the property safe. 

The EPA concluded their work in Davidson on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and held a community meeting on October 3, 2017 to provide an overview of the successful remediation work they completed. 

EPA Fact Sheet #1

EPA Fact Sheet #2

EPA Fact Sheet #3

EPA Fact Sheet #4

Final EPA Fact Sheet (#5)

Here is a map that shows which properties were tested and the results at each property:

Link to map

For questions related to the EPA's work, please contact:

Jordan Garrard

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency On-Scene Coordinator

Email: garrard.jordan@epa.gov

Phone: 678-644-8648

Angela Miller

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Community Involvement Coordinator

Email: miller.angela@epa.gov

Phone: 678-575-8132

Health Concerns

If you are concerned that you might have been exposed to asbestos and have questions about your health, please contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (Division of Public Health):

Beth Dittman

Environmental Program Consultant

Email: nchace@dhhs.nc.gov

Phone: 919-707-5900

Health Assessment Consultation & Education Fact Sheet

Limiting Environmental Exposure