The future of a nearly 100-year-old grain bin is stirring controversy among Carmel residents.
The city of Carmel owns the land where the grain bin sits, along the Monon Trail, just south of the Main Street Arts and Design District. City developers are making plans to revamp the area, and want to tear the bin down.
Some residents said theyre concerned that when the grain bin is torn down, it could threaten the air quality because of the bird droppings and asbestos inside the bin, RTV6's Stacia Matthews
Kera Slowitsky owns a dog day care next to the bin and said the structure spooks her four-legged clients.
It's causing some dogs to be petrified. They run scared, and that causes its own degree of problems, she said.
Slowitsky also said she worries about the threat of hystoplasmosis, a lung disease carried in bird droppings.
"All we're asking for is that some environmental testing be done before they start digging all that up and getting it into the air, she said.
A Carmel city representative said the legal requirements have been met, including the removal of asbestos earlier this year.
The wrecking ball is expected to arrive on Monday, but resident Bruce Burgess said he will hate to see this the grain bin demolished.
"I'd like to see some of the old history stay around. It's kind of sad to see it all disappear, Burgess said.
The redevelopment plan for the land includes building a new water tower, officials said.
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