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."
Town Manager Roger Stancil says the town will do an asset management study to find out more about the state of its buildings for next year’s budget, but because of cuts, it can’t afford to make the repairs to the Homestead Road building.
“We have been talking about ways [that] towns cut money is to cut maintenance," he said. "This is the price we pay for that,” he said.
Orange County Gymnastics is now at 1714 Legion Road in Chapel Hill and will be there until March 30. All classes and times remain the same. The company is looking into a permanent location Carrboro.