First 17-story storage dome to inflate this week at port


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wood pellet manufacturer Enviva is making amends with the Sunset Park neighborhood after community concerns about their domes. The company is inflating the first of two 17-story wood pellet storage domes at the port this week.

For Enviva, it’s a $50 million investment into the Port City that will store wood pellets before they are transported to the United Kingdom. For Sunset Park homeowners, it’s an eyesore and more truck traffic. After homeowners took those concerns to the company, Enviva’s co-founders took it to heart. Today, Sunset Park and Enviva co-founder Thomas Meth signed a good neighbor principles agreement. Meth says they want to have a positive and open relationship with the community.

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“We made very clear that we deeply care about being good neighbors,” Meth said. “We’re here for a very very long time. I think and I hope that the neighborhood association is going to be comfortable. They have my personal commitment as a co-founder that we take that very seriously.”

The agreement outlines required noise levels and commitments with the community. Sunset Park residents said they are happy with the outcome but hope Enviva continues to advocate for new external and internal roads for the port.

The second dome will go up in six weeks and they will both be fully functional by February 2016, officials said.