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The Daily Planet's Opinion: Enka Clock Tower to be restored; shows fitting respect for history
Friday, 01 January 2021 14:19

It is a wonderful gift — especially during an especially grim holiday season — that the community of Enka in particular and Western North Carolina in general received when Greensboro-based developed Samet Corp. promised in a Nov. 25 press release to spare the iconic, 149-foot-high clock tower in Enka.

The action was in response to historical preservationists from the community and the area, seeking to have the clock tower saved for its historic and cultural significance, after word came out that plans called for its demolition. Fortunately, the developer listened — and responded both positively and relatively rapidly. (Samet is planning to build a 130,000-square-foot facility in Enka for an unnamed company.) 

“All parties involved in the development of this area recognize the historic role the monument plays in Asheville’s history, and we would like the tower to stand for generations to come,” Brian Hall, Samet’s director of development, said in the release.

Now, we need to revisit the issue of how the 123-year-old Vance Monument, an obelisk based in the heart of downtown Asheville, can be saved rather than demolished.



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