Town plans to burn down disputed lumber building

By on January 2, 2013

Once slated for a farm and flea market, the old Foreman’s Lumber building is scheduled to come down in January during a practice burn by area fire fighters.

Kitty Hawk Fire Chief Lowell Spivey said the controlled burn will take place sometime after the first of the year.

Property owner Jim Perry had approached the fire department about the idea of a burn earlier this year.

“The department graciously accepted my invitation,” Perry said. “It’s not too often a department gets a large building like this for training.”

The Foreman’s building was built in 1960 and has been unoccupied and in a state of disrepair for some time.

“Any live burn we can do is good practice,” Spivey said, adding that surrounding fire departments will also participate in the burn. “It allows the departments to come in and work together. It builds our relationship and helps us work more effectively when we have an actual fire.”

Kitty Hawk Planning and Inspection Director Joe Heard said weather conditions have to be right in order to hold the burn. Town officials plan to have it take place early one Sunday morning in mid-January. A date has not yet been set.

After a lengthy approval process, Town Council eventually gave the green light to plans for a farm and flea market late last year but the applicants never followed through with plans. Heard said the permit for the use has now expired.

The council initially rejected the idea, with some members saying the land could be put to better use than as a flea market.

“It is not an active approval at this point,” Heard said. He added that there has not been a lot of interest in the property and that it may be easier to market without the dilapidated building on it.

Perry said the property is not currently for sale.

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