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Old WHS Demolition Bid Comes in Half of Budget PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 06:20

The price has come in on tearing down the old Watauga High—a price just about half of what the county budgeted for the project. An Asheville area company put in the low bid, saying the old Watauga High School can be demolished for $361,750.  Bids were announced yesterday by county officials.  County Manager Deron Geouque said NEO Corp., of Canton submitted the lowest bid as of the 2 p.m deadline. There will be some investigation on the county’s part before the work can begin, and the commission will have to vote to accept the bid—and that may come after more public comment, asked by one commissioner. A consulting firm recommended that since bids to purchase the property were too low, that the land be turned into a business park. A year ago, Lincoln Harris estimated it would take $1.2 million to tear down the old High School, that subtracted from bids for the property that ran dismally low.

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