Orange County Gymnastics has found a new, temporary home at the American Legion building in Chapel Hill.
The business had to leave University Mall last week, after town officials realized the building space did not meet state and federal building codes for gymnasiums.
Owners Tim and Jessica Baker asked the Town Council for help last week and have met with town officials about the University Mall space and their old building on Homestead Road, which is owned by the town. The couple bought the business in December, and shortly after found that the town-owned building had asbestos and mold. The town has said it can’t pay to fix the building.
“The town has decided that this is our problem that we need to find more space or that we need to fund the upgrades,” Jessica Baker said at the council meeting. “We purchased a business in good faith and it was housed in a town-owned building we assumed was free from environmental issues."