Company pays $91,000 to scrap former Tyson Mexican Original plant

The city won’t be paying to demolish the dilapidated Tyson Mexican Original factory in southeast Fayetteville after all. Instead, a metal trader company will pay the city to disassemble and scrap the former plant at Huntsville and Happy Hollow roads. City officials had planned to foot most of bill to demolish the building and clear the area to make room for a new Kum & Gogas station and convenience store. Kum & Go last month purchased a portion of the city-owned property for $1.115 million and agreed to pay 25 percent of demolition costs, up to $100,000. As an experiment to see if anyone was interested in salvaging the plant, city officials listed the property on GovDeals, a third-party online auction website similar to eBay. According to city documents, five companies submitted a total of 35 bids, which started at $500 on March 18 and ended at $91,026 two days later.

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