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Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price announced that the contract to demolish dangerous structures to correct safety hazards at Highlands Center in North Truro will begin on Monday, November 14, 2016. A total of eight buildings, including two former barracks, the heating power plant, and five houses, will be demolished. Hazardous building materials will be abated according to federal and state requirements. The general contractor is CMGC Building Corporation of Manchester, NH. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of February.
The main site access is officially closed for the off-season, which is the routine schedule. Public access to the Woods Walk Trail will be closed during the term of this work due to hazardous demolition activities. We urge the public to heed this closure for their safety.
In 1994, the National Park Service acquired the 110-acre former North Truro Air Force Station property now known as Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore. Since then, the national seashore has adaptively reused buildings for park laboratory, classroom, maintenance, and office use, and has invested in water, wastewater and electric infrastructure improvements. The site provides opportunities to explore the arts, conduct natural science research on such pertinent topics ecosystem health and climate change, and features unique educational programming. The site also hosts the Payomet Performing Arts Center tent, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill wood-fired kiln, and a Center for Coastal Studies wave observation station.