- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2020

POWNAL, Vt. (AP) -

Officials in Pownal hope to work with the owners of the former Green Mountain Race Track to have the fire-damaged grandstand building demolished.

The select board voted unanimously on Thursday to hold off on pursuing a health or other town order to demolish the structure as Stephen Soler, managing member with Green Mountain Race Track, LLC, tries to have the building razed, the Bennington Banner reported.

Pownal officials had considered declaring the grandstand a health and safety hazard even before the fire in September.

“The board wants to work with Green Mountain Racetrack, LLC, as long as they are showing forward movement in remediating any potentially dangerous situation,” Rebecca Dragon, liaison to the Select Board, wrote in an email to the newspaper. “As stated at last night’s meeting, Mr. Soler said he anticipates the demolition to be complete by the end of the calendar year. The board is satisfied with this. They will re-assess if progress stalls.”

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