Dorm Mold Problem
City of Montreat building inspector David Currie isn't going into Montreat College's Anderson Dorm without a safety air vent mask.
"One of the lower doors was completely open," said Currie. "I saw water on the floor."
An outflow vent appears to be pumping air out of the building. And Currie has posted signs on numerous doors on Anderson's ground floor stating the building is unsafe. Currie told News 13 the dorm is uninhabitable until full mold remediation is complete.
"There was a strong smell of mold in the building," said Currie. " When I got to the top I saw a lot of the ceiling tiles had fallen down. Visible mold was present on some of the ceiling tiles and on insulation." Currie went on to tell school maintenance staff.
"I do not want anybody inhabiting the building until the roof has been completely repaired."
The roof was being re-done on Anderson after reports of chronic leak problems. It's unclear if the mold was present prior to the building project work on the roof.
"We absolutely need to get the building back up and running," said Montreat College's Interim President Joe Kirkland. "Students arrive the middle of August.. That's our priority, the health and safety of our students."
Kirkland said the school will follow the inspector's recommendations to make sure the building is free of mold.
He said the roof replacement cost about $60,000. But Inspector Currie said there's a possibility all the work may have to be re-done because of water leaks and the mold.
By Kimberly King
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