AC-T: County plan blindsides A-B Tech

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:

A plan unveiled to a surprised Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College trustees board would dramatically alter a building project in the works for more than a year, potentially making $3.3 million spent in planning useless.

But the changes also could bring savings by scaling back on an $83 million building and renovation project that has increasingly put college and Buncombe County officials at odds.

“It’s just a shame. Who wants to walk away from $3.3 million?” A-B Tech President Hank Dunn said. “That’s a lot of time and effort.”

The most recent conflict between county and school officials — one that first surfaced during a board of trustees meeting last week — centers on whether the college really needs a $50 million health and workforce training building.

Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene’s proposal to the trustees board Monday would shelve plans for the allied health building and instead expand and renovate an existing building while also making room for a parking garage.

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