Industrial park incentives, sale of land for RV dealers on agenda for Commission meeting – Salisbury Post

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SALISBURY — The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider incentivising the development of a 380-acre industrial park that would bring 2.6 million square feet of commercial space to Long Ferry Road.

Red Rock Developments, a real estate investment firm based in Columbia, South Carolina, plans to construct six speculative buildings ranging in size from 1.2 million square feet to 168,480 square feet on multiple lots near Chewy’s fulfillment center at exit 81 of I- 85 Red Rock would sell or lease the completed buildings to other companies.

The Company plans to advance the project in three phases and is asking Rowan County for incentives for each phase.

For the first phase, Red Rock would invest $117 million to construct the largest building at 1.2 million square feet and the second largest building at 572,113 square feet. Red Rock is asking the county to reimburse the company $4.2 million for the required water, sewerage and road improvements instead of the traditional tier three grant that the company would normally be eligible for under the county’s grant policies. The Stage Three grant would be valued at $3.2 million. Phase one would be completed by the end of this year.

For the second phase, Red Rock would invest $55 million to construct two more speculative buildings. The company is applying for a stage two grant that would reimburse the county for 80% of five years of new taxes paid. As a result, the district would withhold $2.1 million in net tax revenue over a 10-year period beginning with the second phase of the project.

For the third phase, Red Rock would invest $26 million to construct the remaining two speculative buildings. The company is applying for a level one grant that would reimburse the county for 75% of five years of new taxes paid. Accordingly, the district would retain $1.06 million in net tax revenue over a ten-year period beginning in phase three of the project.

The Board of Commissioners meets at 3:00 p.m. in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Room on the second floor of the Rowan County Administration Building. The meeting can be joined virtually at https://bit.ly/rowanboc3pm with the password 028144 or by phone at 602-753-0140, 720-928-9299 or 213-338-8477.

Commissioners are considering selling county lots for RV dealers

The Board will consider accepting an offer from General RV to purchase a 40 acre property at the end of East Ritchie Road near Koontz Elementary School. The company, a recreational vehicle dealership founded in 1966, has bid $2.9 million for the property, well above the property’s estimated value of $1.95 million.

General RV plans to invest $25 million over the next three years to build and open a major recreational vehicle dealership and service center on the property. As part of this project, the company would create 150 full-time positions over the next three years. The jobs would include positions in a variety of fields such as mechanical, sales, finance and administration. According to the company, the average annual salary for these 150 positions is expected to be $65,000.

The Rowan EDC anticipates the dealership will result in the creation of 66 indirect and induced jobs that will generate $4,029,689 in annual wages and benefits for employees.

Before the offer goes through, the commissioners will hold a public hearing on the sale.

Also on the conference agenda:

The commissioners will consider an application by Chris and Drew Roseman to repurpose their 4.52-acre property at Block 5200 of Bringle Ferry Road from rural farming to neighborhood businesses with a conditional district to operate a general contractor business.

A couple living in western Rowan County will apply to the Board of Commissioners to change their home address from 1045 Bronco Run to 140 Warren Drive. According to address records, Doris and William Christie’s address was changed in 2016 when a street naming petition was filed for a private drive from Warren Drive. The Christies apparently signed the petition in support of naming this new private street “Bronco Run” and were subsequently given the address 1045 Bronco Run. In a letter to the commissioners, Doris Christie says the couple always used 140 Warren Drive as their address and never 1045 Bronco Run.

The address discrepancy became a problem when two 911 calls were received recently, throwing confusion into response efforts.

The Christies appealed to the address program administrator to change their address from Bronco Run to Warren Drive. The complaint was rejected. The Christies are now appealing this decision in the hope that the commissioners will rule in their favour.

The commissioners will review a request by Sheriff Kevin Auten to provide incentives to “attract and retain” detention officers at the Rowan County Detention Center. The incentives Auten is proposing will only apply to calendar year 2022. He proposes a “perfect attendance bonus” for employees who don’t “call” or leave a shift early without prior written approval. The bonus is $50 for the first quarter, $100 for the second, $150 for the third and $200 for the fourth. Auten also proposes setting aside $500 a month to purchase snacks and beverages for detention center staff to consume while on duty through June 30. He also suggests preparing meals for inmates to be provided free of charge to detention center staff while on duty.

The Board will consider approving the City of Salisbury to use the West End Plaza as a satellite car park during the Cheerwine Festival on May 21. Visitors will use public transport as a mobility option during the festival.

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