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Lease for site of ACC’s future public safety training center pending

Alamance Community College officials say they are still waiting for the final draft of a lease agreement for the site of a future $10.2 million public safety training center that ACC hopes to build in Green Level.

Martin Marietta Materials of Raleigh has agreed to lease 93 acres near the intersection of Sandy Cross Road and N.C. Highway 49, where the community college plans to build the public safety training center. Construction of the public safety training center will be funded with proceeds from the $39.6 million bond package that voters approved for ACC in November 2019.

Martin Marietta officials had agreed in 2019 to lease the land to ACC, at no cost for the first three years, and for $18,817 per year for the remainder of the 50-year term of the lease, based on details of the agreement that were outlined for Alamance County’s commissioners in October 2019.

This is a preliminary layout of the training center, as first presented in 2017.

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ACC’s public safety training center would be built on a 50-acre portion of the site; and Martin Marietta would allow the community college to use the remaining 43 acres of swampland for search and rescue training exercises, based on a description the commissioners heard in 2019.

ACC hopes to submit a final lease agreement in time to be approved by the State Board of Community Colleges at its next regularly-scheduled meeting in mid-March, Williams told his fellow trustees last week. He said the contracts for the design and construction manager at-risk also need to be approved by the State Construction Office, which oversees major building projects for state agencies, including North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.

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