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Development Authority working on noise study for Thomson Co.

The company considering converting the old Thomson Company building into loft apartments has a noisy problem on their hands.

Landmark Development Company officials are concerned about the noise from passing trains at the complex. But local development leaders are hoping a $5,200 test will help alleviate some of the company's concerns.

Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers said it appears something can be done to reduce sound levels of passing trains to relieve the North Carolina corporation's concerns with the historic restoration effort. Mr. Powers indicated if certain criteria in proximity of the development was met, such as enough crossing arm controlled train intersections with back up sources of power, trains may even be permitted to pass without using their air horns at all.

Landmark plans $8 million in work at the shuttered plant.

But before they can start, local leaders have a little work to do. Officials said work may begin in January to prepare three of the larger buildings for utilization by new industrial concerns. Bid packages are being developed to send contractors who will be working with Two State Construction and JLO & Associates to complete rehab on the newer three buildings and the needed stabilization of the older structure that will be deeded to Landmark Development. The overall project involves 144,000 square feet of restoration.

Web posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006

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