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Rowan commissioners OK access agreement for ‘Project Wheel’

SALISBURY — An unnamed Rowan County company is continuing its search for a location to expand.

The Rowan County commissioners approved an access agreement between the county and the prospect as they consider development in Summit Park, behind Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kirkland’s.

Currently, eight acres in the proposed development space is owned by the Keith Corp. The company would be looking to buy an additional 5 to 7 acres from the county to complete the project.

The project could bring an additional 94 jobs and $11 million in investment to Rowan County.

Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds presented an access agreement for the potential area to be purchased. The agreement would allow the prospective company to test soil at the the site.

County Attorney Jay Dees said the work would be “fairly nonintrusive.”

“What I’ve gotten from the group is that they do need to get in and test and determine how much they would need to purchase from the county for the project,” Dees said. “This would let them go ahead and have access to the property.”

The commissioners approved the access agreement with a 90-day termination limit, which was requested by Commissioner Craig Pierce.

Edds called the deal a “fairly fast-moving project.”

“I think we should probably know something this February,” he said.

Other business from Tuesday’s meeting includes:

  • The new director of Project SAFE Neighborhoods in Salisbury used the public-comment session to introduce herself to the board.

Project SAFE, which stands for Strategic Aggressive Firearm Enforcement, works to reduce and prevent violent crime. Edwards began work in December.

“I’m very excited about what’s going on. As I go out into the community, I’m having a lot of positive feedback,” Edwards said. “It seems like people have been awaiting my arrival, and I’m looking forward to very hard work but I’m definitely committed to making a difference in the community.”

  • The board appointed four people to local boards.

Linda Peery Anderson was named to the Nursing Home Advisory Committee; John Webb, a dentist, to the Board of Public Health; Hugh Michael Taylor, to the Jury Commission; and William Kimball Kepley, reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Some 29 vacancies still remain on boards across the county.

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