The Executive Committee of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Board of Trustees convened a meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. in The Brumit Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Private Dining Room. Matt Kern, Chair, presided.
The following members of the Executive Committee were also present: Theresa Banks and Frances Ramsey.
Others present for the meeting included: Trustees Joe Barwick, Michael Garrison, David King, Judy Lewis, and Roger Metcalf; Mr. James Wilson, Pulliam Properties; Dr. John Gossett, President; Dr. Dirk Wilmoth, Vice President for Business and Finance/CFO; Mr. Chris Campbell, College Attorney; and Carolyn Rice, Secretary to the Board.
Land Lease Discussion
Mr. Wilson has a client seeking property in Enka and saw the site that the Haynes Tower sits on. The client would build a 49,000-square-foot building, pay for all infrastructure and improvements, and is asking for a twenty-year ground lease. Mr. Wilson asked the Executive Committee if the College was interested in pursuing a ground lease opportunity with his client, and if not, with other potential clients in the future.
The Trustees discussed the property and the ground lease opportunity with Mr. Wilson. After the full Board meets in September, Chair Kern will let him know the full Board’s decision.
Mr. Wilson left the meeting at 3:48 p.m.
The Trustees held a general discussion regarding the Enka Campus and the Haynes Tower, the budget, enrollment, employee salaries, workforce development, and the latest regarding the deed with Pratt & Whitney.
At 4:23 p.m., Ms. Ramsey moved to enter a closed session. Dr. Banks seconded the motion. On a motion properly made, the Executive Committee returned to Open Session at 5:21 p.m.
Chair Kern asked Dr. Gossett to stay on top of the demolition of the Haynes Tower, stating that sooner is better than later.
Ms. Ramsey requested that a Board meeting be held at A-B Tech Woodfin sometime soon.
Mr. Chris Campbell will add Trustee Attendance to his presentation to the Board on October 3.
On a motion properly made the meeting adjourned at 5:31 p.m.
Carolyn H. Rice