a9abb4c8-a243-42f5-9bfe-a03cf0206fcd-095(Black Mountain News) A Black Mountain building was deemed structurally safe for limited access nearly seven weeks after the roof collapsed in December, forcing a pair of local businesses to shut their doors. It will be months before Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn and Sassafras on Sutton can resume their respective operations on the property, but the owner of the historic building is relieved that it’s still standing.

A winter storm dumped over a foot of heavy snow on the Swannanoa Valley on Dec. 9 and 10. An employee of Poppy, which occupies the top level of the building, arrived for work on Dec. 11, and reported that part of the roof had collapsed under the weight. The collapse ruptured a gas line to the building, forcing service to be temporarily interrupted.

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