County commissioners OK package that clears way for construction at industrial park
August 17—LUMBERTON—A stimulus package for the joint economic development agreement for Elkay Plumbing Products was approved Monday by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.
SFG Lumberton NC, LLC plans to build a facility in the I-95/I-74 Industrial Park for $28 million and lease it to Elkay Plumbing Products, according to the stimulus package approved at the regular meeting of the Council.
As part of the agreement unanimously approved by commissioners after a public hearing, the county agrees to “make economic grants available to the company in an amount equal to the percentage of the county’s property tax revenue that may be attributed to the value of the property (“Real Wealth Tax Grants”) and personal property taxes (“Personal Wealth Tax Grants”) paid in connection with the Project (collectively, the “Tax Grants”).”
The granting of the tax grants is conditional on “timely completion” of the facility, a minimum real estate investment of $5.5 million and the creation of 20 new jobs on the site. Under the agreement, the company has three years to meet those obligations.
“So, as the council is well aware, we have worked with Elkay and in conjunction with Robeson County and the City of Lumberton to develop an industrial park at the intersection of I-95/I-74, strategically placed in a way for companies to get in and out of that particular park,” said Channing Jones, executive director of Robeson County Economic Development.
One of the key requirements for getting government incentives for the development was to have control over the park and a main tenant, namely Elkay, he said.
“We see these incentives (agreement) as a vote of confidence in our continued growth and commitment to the county. We are humbled, proud, grateful for the trust of the state and the county to give us these incentives to move forward.” going,” said Gregg Baran, director of Sink Operations for Elkay Plumbing Products in Lumberton.
In the state of North Carolina, counties can’t cut taxes, Jones said. So the county cuts some of its taxes in agreements like the one approved Monday.
“The whole purpose of that is for us to stay competitive,” Jones said.
Baran said the company should start construction soon.
“We are delighted to see plans for the industrial park starting to take shape,” said Baran.
Commissioner Tom Taylor said he appreciated the company’s role as an anchor company in the industrial estate.
“I’ve always said this was the crossroads to Robeson County’s success and I’m happy to know that someone who’s been here for 40 years will be there,” said Taylor.
“Congratulations, we look forward to working with you in the future,” said Faline Dial, chairman of the board of directors for Robeson County.
Dial also spoke about the Majors All-Star team of the West Robeson Baseball Association, which won third place and the Sportsmanship Award at the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Mississippi.
“I just want to congratulate them,” Dial said.
Taylor also praised the team for taking home the Sportsmanship Award.
“To me that’s better than winning the championship because people will never forget the sportsmanship the kids showed there,” Taylor said.
The AAA team of the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association also participated in the DYB World Series, but was eliminated earlier in the tournament and failed to qualify.
Commissioner Judy Sampson, who traveled to the World Series to support the teams, said she had a wonderful experience.
“I really enjoyed going to Mississippi with our boys,” Sampson said.
Also on Monday, commissioners approved a proclamation designating August 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day in Robeson County.
The commissioners also approved the amendment to section 308 of the Robeson County Subdivision Ordinance at the request of Dixon Ivey Jr., director of Robeson County Community Development.
“We had a loophole that was discovered, and this is just an attempt to close it,” Ivey said.
Lots must have access to county water and must be adjacent to a state-maintained road, according to the amendment.
Also approved Monday by commissioners was the granting of a special occupancy permit to Tony Goins to enable the establishment of a heating and air company on Morgan J. Road in Rennert.
The commissioners also approved a preliminary platform for Highland Ridge Subdivision in an agricultural residential district on Barker Ten Mile Road in St. Pauls. Linkhaw Development Group LLC was the applicant.
The commissioners filed until the next meeting for a special use permit from Thigpen Farm Solar LLC to operate a solar park in Maxton. County Attorney Rob Davis said the request came before commissioners in 2015, but the pre-approval has expired. The action was taken after Davis asked for more time to review documents in the case.
Also approved was the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office request to approve its application for the 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant. The Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $41,589 for the purchase of 25 mobile data terminals to add to vehicles or replace old appliances, according to information from Sheriff’s Major Tammy Deese that was included in the package provided to The Robesonian.
The commissioners took no action after coming out of a closed session discussing legal matters related to last week’s hearing regarding the North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, which is not associated with the Lumbee Tribe.
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