Metrolina Warehouse Site

Metrolina Warehouse Site

From the 1930s until the 1960s, the Carolina Asbestos Company operated at 301 Depot Street in Davidson (outlined in red above). Asbestos-containing waste material remained uncovered at the property until 1984. It was reported that asbestos-containing material had been removed from the manufacturing location and used as fill at neighboring properties.

In 1984, under the supervision of the North Carolina Division of Health Services’ Health Hazards Control Unit in the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, the then-owner placed an engineered soil cap over the disposal area. 

In September of 2016, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Brownfields Program held a public information session about plans for a multi-story mixed use redevelopment of the property. At the time, neighbors voiced concerns about potential asbestos exposure during construction. In October of that same year, a flood caused a breach of the existing soil cover and released asbestos fibers into the street bordering the property, further raising awareness and concern in the community.

View this information on NCDEQ's website here.


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) is responsible for work being done at the Metrolina Warehouse site. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for remediating the properties adjacent to the Metrolina Warehouse site and in the surrounding area. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (Division of Public Health) can answer questions regarding health concerns based on potential asbestos exposure.

  1. Brownfields Site
  2. Sampling History
  3. History of the Site
  4. Contacts

When the first Brownfields applicant decided not to redevelop the site, a second applicant came into the program and proposed a more modest repurposing of existing structures on the property. This new plan does not require excavation of the disposal area. It requires a retaining wall, more clean soil and gravel fill, and a paved cap over the disposal area that will be used as parking. The Brownfields Program staff and the developer presented these plans at a public information session on December 9, 2019.

This meeting provided an opportunity for citizens to get an update on the Brownfields redevelopment plans for the property. The meeting consisted of presentations, a question-and-answer period and a listening session. The meeting included a brief history of past events, ongoing activities and the planned long-term cap solution. Attendees had an opportunity to speak and ask questions. 

The meeting focused on the proposed Brownfields redevelopment and long-term asbestos risk management at the property, not the local land-use or zoning provisions related to the project. This meeting did not cover NCDOT roadway project U-5907 or Charlotte Water water-main expansion plan.

You may view the full notice of the public meeting from the NCDEQ here. Presentation available here.

View this information on NCDEQ's website here.