Demolition Begins on Dilapidated Highlands Center Structures

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE The Highlands Center on Old Dewline Road in North Truro.

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
The Highlands Center on Old Dewline Road in North Truro.

TRURO – A Cape Cod National Seashore project which will tear down some of the structures at the Highlands Center is officially underway.

A total of eight buildings will come down, and hazardous materials will be removed.

The National Park Service acquired the 110-acre property from the former North Truro Air Force Station in 1994.

The area is now used as a center to promote the sciences and arts.

“The site is pretty compelling, it’s got a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean,” said project manager Lauren McKean.

“In the last 10 years, we’ve been doing some infrastructure improvements and have been bringing some arts and science partners to the site,” she said

The work will cost over one million dollars and received a fair amount of federal scrutiny, according to McKean.

Public access to the surrounding Woods Walk Trail will be closed while the work is going on.

McKean said she expects the work will be done before the deadline in late February of 2017.

The site is already home to 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.

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