Asbestos requires careful demolition of old Sylva auto shop

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SYLVA, N.C. -- What used to be an old automotive shop in Sylva is now a vacant lot.

The building that used to stand along West Main Street housed the empty P&M Automotive business. It also used to be a Chevrolet dealership. Dating back to the 1940s, it contained cancer-causing asbestos.

The building had to be torn down carefully.

"They had a North Carolina certified asbestos abatement contractor," Jackson County Permitting and Code Enforcement Director Tony Elders said. "It will be on site and supervise demolition and make sure everything is disposed of in accordance with state law."

The site won't be empty for long. Flowers Foods plans on building a distribution center.

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