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After reviewing cost estimates, tax assessments and anticipated insurance settlement proceeds, the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Western Carolina University has decided against replacing or repairing three dining establishments damaged by a November fire.

The board of the Endowment Fund, which owns the commercial strip along Centennial Drive in the center of the WCU campus where the fire occurred, has agreed to proceed with demolition of the property, followed by private development of a new mixed-use facility on the site.

In reaching its conclusion, the board weighed factors such as the historic significance of the property to the campus community, the contributions to WCU culture made by private businesses operating in the center of campus, and ongoing support by members of the campus community for owners and employees of the affected businesses.

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Erik Rhysdon of W.K. Dickson, a consulting firm out of Charlotte was present at Tuesday's Macon County Airport Authority meeting to give the board an update on a variety of issues that the authority has had in the works over the last year.

He first gave an update on a pending grant that had recently been received.

“We have received $166,000 for the apron rehab that was recently carried out leaving a remaining balance of $21,000,” said Rhysdon.

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With the departure of Chairman Derek Roland from the Macon County Planning Board, Chris Hanners was appointed to the position while Joe Deal was appointed as vice chairman, at the February meeting held last Tuesday.

“It's important to remember that we're at the direction of the commissioners,” said Hanners. “We need to consider the mission statement and keep that in mind as we move forward.”

The mission of the planning board is “to develop and advocate public policy and procedure to preserve the integrity of our mountain heritage, the beauty and tranquility of our communities, as well as our natural environment for the benefit of current populations as well as future generations while sustaining economic vitality and the social welfare of our citizens.”

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Macon County Commissioners recently directed the county planning board to review county owned property to determine potential uses for individual sites or the possibility that the properties be designated surplus.

The planning board completed the assessment and Macon County Planner Matt Mason reported the board’s finding to commissioners at the February meeting.

According to Mason, the planning board reviewed nine different properties owned by the county and one owned by the school board.

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