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Buc-ee’s on agenda for Mon. Mebane city council meeting

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Mebane’s city council is scheduled Monday night to consider a proposal to build what would become the first Buc-ee’s travel plaza in North Carolina, on 32.5 acres at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road, which is the northwest corner of the I-85/40 interchange at Trollingwood-Hawfields Road and Senator Ralph Scott Parkway, at the entrance into the North Carolina Commerce Park.

The developer, CSMS Management LLC, is seeking conditional rezoning and a special use permit that would allow for construction of the travel plaza. Surrounding land uses include industrial, commercial, and residential, and the proposed development is consistent with Mebane’s land development plan, according to a report that city staff have prepared for the council’s upcoming discussion.

Based on revenue projections from the developers, the North Carolina League of Municipalities estimates that the project would generate more than $1.8 million in annual sales tax revenue from non-fuel sales, according to information that has been provided for the city council’s discussion Monday night.

Local option sales taxes (2 percent) are distributed to Alamance County and its municipalities on a per-capita basis, according to city staff.

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While Mebane city officials say estimated property tax revenues aren’t yet available, the developers estimate that construction of the travel plaza would represent an initial capital investment of between $60 and $70 million and would generate $2.1 in annual property taxes for the county and $111,000 in property taxes for the city.

Mebane’s planning board recommended against the project last month.

The parcel being eyed for the Buc-ee’s travel plaza was originally one of three, totaling about 90 acres, where Texas-based real estate developer Crow Holdings had received approval in December 2022 from Mebane’s city council to build three large warehouses at the entrance to the industrial park.

[Story continues below layout of proposed Buc-ee’s, as well as architectural renderings of the proposed site.]

There would be 120 gas pumps at the Mebane Buc-ee’s, the same number as at most of the company’s locations.

 

Examples of proposed signage – Buc-ee’s logo on each of three sides of the building (not the back).
This shows the proposed site plan for the 75,440-square-foot store, as well as 652 parking spaces around it.

Meanwhile, the 32.5 acre parcel where a third warehouse (of 279,000 square feet) had been approved (on the corner of Trollingwood-Hawfields Road and facing I-85/40) has, instead, become the site of a potential Buc-ee’s Travel Plaza.

The site was originally envisioned for a warehouse, but the company that is building the other two warehouses sold the third property to Buc-ee’s. Crow Holdings held a ground breaking for the other two warehouses that will be built (beside the potential Buc-ee’s) in November.

Plans for the Buc-ee’s previously underwent five separate reviews by Mebane’s technical review committee, which looks over proposed development plans and makes recommendations for changes and clarifications.

Meanwhile, Crow Holdings warehouse project has since been narrowed to two warehouses – one of 156,000 square feet with 35 truck bays and a second, larger one with 248,000 square feet with 44 truck bays. Groundbreaking for that project on the remaining 58 acres of land was held in November 2023.

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See previous coverage of potential Buc-ee’s in Mebane:

Planning board recommends against Buc-ee’s: https://alamancenews.com/breaking-mon-night-mebane-planning-board-recommends-against-buc-ees-travel-center-6-3/

Residents speak out against allowing Buc-ee’s rezoning:  https://alamancenews.com/citizens-voice-mostly-opposition-to-buc-ees-at-planning-board-meeting/

Alamance News first to report Buc-ee’s considering Mebane site:  https://alamancenews.com/buc-ees-eyes-mebane-for-first-n-c-location/

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