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County purchases land for megasite

January 09 2018


ASHEBORO — The purchase by Randolph County of 140 acres will help unify the approximately 1,900 acres dedicated to the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite west of Liberty.

The county Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to purchase six parcels, including 110.62 from Frank Robert and Linda D. Leonard. The other acreage, located on the western side of the megasite, had been owned by the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Foundation.

The total price for the 140 acres is $3.5 million, according to County Manager Hal Johnson, who said the gaps filled in by consolidation of the megasite is meant “to attract a mega-manufacturer. The (total) property is under unified control” among Randolph County, the North Carolina Railroad and the foundation.

Johnson said an interlocal agreement among the three means none of them can sell land unless it’s approved by the others.

“I hope the timing (of the consolidation) will be a stimulus for the Legislature to provide incentives” for a potential client, Johnson said.

A letter from the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Foundation said the purchase price for the six tracts “is substantially (about $1,000,000) less than the amount the Megasite Foundation will have spent to acquire these properties.” The letter goes on to say that the purchase by the county “will permit the Megasite Foundation to invest in other activities benefiting the Megasite, which may include the acquisition of even more property.”

The commissioners also approved a budget amendment to transfer $3.6 million from the county’s reserves to the general fund’s site development fund. The amendment stipulates that “only the actual amount needed to fund the land purchase costs and related expenses will be transferred.”

If a mega-manufacturer chooses to come to Randolph County, Johnson said, the megasite property will be given to them.

Plans to develop the megasite go back five or more years. The effort has been to bring back manufacturing jobs to the Piedmont, which has suffered the loss of many textile and furniture industries during the past couple of decades.

“This part of North Carolina has been stagnant for years,” Johnson said. Bringing in a major manufacturer could mean dramatic changes to the workforce.

“Once we get a mega-manufacturer, then we’ll work on ancillary businesses,” he said. For instance, an auto manufacturing plant could offer jobs for 4,000 workers. However, industries supporting the auto plant could add another 10,000 jobs.

“The potential impact to Randolph County and the Piedmont is incredible,” Johnson said. “The positive changes could impact our citizens for decades.”

He said the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is expected to be a major stimulus in bringing in those ancillary businesses. For that reason, the commissioners last week purchased the former First Bank building on the corner of Fayetteville and Salisbury streets in Asheboro to give the EDC a higher profile.

“That higher profile is saying (to potential businesses) we value them and the jobs they produce,” Johnson said.

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