published Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Rossville: Mill demolition postponed until Wednesday

by Andy Johns
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    Steven Morgan uses a back hoe to pull electrical wires of the Peerless Mill in Rossville, Ga., on Monday. The owner, Les Coffee, plans on demolishing the 85-year old mill having owned it for five years only reaching 20-percent of its capacity of tenants.
    Staff photo by Dan Henry

The owner of the Peerless Mill in Rossville was forced to stop demolition today as the company that holds the note was granted an emergency injunction.

Les Coffey, who has owned the mill since 2007, said he was ordered to halt work until 9 a.m. Wednesday when he is scheduled to meet with officials from RDC, the company that sold him the mill and still holds the note.

An attorney representing RDC said the security note does not allow Coffey to tear down the mill without the holding company’s consent. The attorney said he was not authorized to comment officially but said RDC had not given consent for demolition.

The deed and security note for the property specifically requires Coffey’s company, Peerless Self Storage LLC, to “maintain the premises in good condition and repair.”

“No part of the premises shall be materially altered without the prior written consent of grantee,” the deed states.

On Monday Coffey, who bought the Peerless mill in 2007, was granted a permit from the city to tear down the 105-year-old structure. He said he plans to sell the bricks, beams and metal from the 27-acre mill to salvage companies.

When the mill filed for bankruptcy in December 2008, Coffey owed RDC almost $1.1 million, records show.

In the filings, creditors including Tennessee American Water and EPB also listed $18,514 worth of other debts.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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raybarker444 said...

Andy your getting better.

February 8, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
raybarker444 said...

Andy has Mr. Coffey complied with the requirements on the Georgia EPD website?

February 8, 2011 at 7:29 p.m.
rarnold281 said...

Barker: YOUR post should read "Andy, YOU'RE getting better" and "Andy, has Mr. Coffey complied with the requirements on the Georgia EPD website?".

If YOU'RE going to act like you know everything, then you should at least know proper grammar and punctuation. There is a difference between YOUR and YOU'RE.

February 8, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
wgroover said...

I don't get why that ticked off rarnold so bad. Am I missing some history here? Seemed like Barker was trying to be nice to Andy the reporter. He looks young- so maybe he is new or something... I guess it is a bit condescending to tell someone they are getting better at their job- but who better than the reader? **** I think they should tear that eyesore of a mill down. UNLESS it is haunted. Then the owner could make money doing haunted tours or something. Those are hot right now.

February 9, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
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