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Mebane city council approves rezoning for concrete plant

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Mebane’s city council has approved rezoning that will allow an Asheboro concrete company to build its second plant on a lot at 920 Mattress Factory Road, which is at the corner of Mattress Factory Rod and Industrial Drive, facing I-85/40.

The 5.28 lot currently has a vacant house, which will be demolished to make way for the concrete plant to be built by Piedmont Ready Mix, which is based in Asheboro. The lot is on the eastern side of Mebane, in westernmost Orange County.

The Mebane plant will be the company’s first satellite operation. Fred Gibson of the company told the planning board in October that the additional location was needed because of increased business the company is enjoying in the area.

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But the ready-mixed concrete generally needs to be used within a just a few hours, Gibson explained, and the long commute from Asheboro restricts the number and volume of the projects that the company can currently supply.

Gibson said the company’s normal operating hours would be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although occasionally for large projects, the company may have to start earlier in the morning.

Discussion during that planning board meeting focused on the fact that, given the location is already in an industrial zone, operating hours should not be an impediment or irritant to residential neighbors since there are none.

During the discussion at city council, some council members raised questions about environmental issues connected to its construction and operation, but Gibson said this would be the sixth concrete plant whose construction he has overseen and that he did not expect difficulties. He said he’s used to the oversight and monitoring that state agencies undertake in his industry.

It was explained that traffic impact should be minimal, 2.59 percent more traffic, according to the developer. Meanwhile, local appraiser Glenn Patterson said he would not expect any adverse effect on the property values of nearby or adjoining property owners.

Council members approved the rezoning for the concrete plant unanimously on a 5-0 vote.

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