Friday, June 14, 2024

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Developer requests rezoning, annexation for possible warehouse on 68.70 acres

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A developer’s proposal to rezone an area just outside Graham’s city limits, in its so-called extraterritorial jurisdiction, for a large, industrial warehouse, and to annex the property, is back on Graham’s city council agenda for its monthly meeting next week.

The issue was postponed from the council’s June 13 meeting, which brought out neighbors who want to know what’s going to be built on the property before the council acts to rezone and annex.

In particular, neighbors are concerned that the proposed acreage, 68.70 acres of land between Kimrey Road and NC 119, had once been considered to be part of the North Carolina Commerce Park, but was removed from the area before the roughly 1,400 acres of the proposal were finalized.

Now, they’re faced with the possibility that a warehouse of up to 788,550-square-feet could be built next to and near their single-family homes.

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The second proposed warehouse – spanning up to 788,550 square feet on 68.70 acres at an unaddressed location along Kimrey Road, across the road from the other warehouse – would be built near the Walmart distribution center, as well as distribution centers for Amazon, Lidl, and United Parcel Service in the N.C. Commerce Park.

If built to the maximum square footage envisioned, at 788,550 square feet, the larger proposed warehouse would be the third-largest in the county, behind the UPS and Lidl distribution centers but ahead of the nearby 461,516-square foot Walmart distribution center at 2811 Sen. Ralph Scott Parkway.

That project is currently dubbed “Alamance Ridge III” and is located beside (but not within) the N.C. Commerce Park, according to the EDPNC, which is helping to market the property.

[Story continues below map of future potential warehouse.  The Kimrey Road possibility is on the far right.]


Alamance County tax administrator Jeremy Akins has previously confirmed for the newspaper morning that the newest proposed warehouse appears to be beside the industrial park, not in it, based on Alamance County’s GIS mapping system.

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