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County still considering purchase of former B.D. site for “EMS use”

Members of Alamance County’s staff are apparently still vetting a piece of industrial property in Burlington that they’ve previously identified as a potential new home for an ambulance base.

Located at 780 Plantation Drive, a service road for I-85/40, this 7.14 acre site was once home to B.D. Diagnostics, which has since gone on to centralize most of its local operations at the North Carolina Industrial Center in Mebane.

The site’s current owner, a Burlington-based company dubbed Alamance Industrial Park, has recently struggled to find a new buyer for the property, which has an assessed tax value in excess of $2.7 million, according to Alamance County’s tax office.

The county’s board of commissioners initially discussed the potential purchase of this property on the evening of September 19.

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Although the commissioners conducted their conversation behind closed doors, they were nevertheless obligated under the North Carolina Open Meetings Law to disclose the property’s location, owner, and proposed purpose before they went into closed session.

In addressing the last of these mandated disclosures, the commissioners indicated that they were considering the property for “EMS use.”

The commissioners didn’t announce any decisions about the parcel once they emerged from their closed door discussion on September 19. But they apparently did instruct county staff members to investigate the property’s possible purchase during the confab.

Earlier this week, Alamance County’s attorney Rik Stevens confirmed that the county staff has been continuing to pursue this mission from the board of commissioners.

“I’ve checked with our staff and we are still considering the purchase of that property,” the county attorney informed The Alamance News on Tuesday. “But we are under due diligence at this point; so [we] have not finalized any decision to purchase. We anticipate that, should [there be] any further action occur related to the purchase of this property, it will not be until at least February.”

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