Commissioners to consider tax incentives for 35-job business expansion

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SALISBURY — Job figures have been revised downward — from 59 to 35 — for an unnamed business expansion that previously received approval for city and county tax incentives.

Codenamed “Project Care,” the company behind the expansion is an existing employer in Rowan County. As the Salisbury City Council is considering a similar matter, the unnamed business is located in the city limits.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Rowan County commissioners are scheduled to consider a revised incentive agreement that reflects a drop in total investment — from $68 million to $45 million — a dip in total jobs created and a revised start date for the tax incentives. Commissioners are meeting Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

During a City Council meeting last week, Economic Development Corporation Vice President Scott Shelton said an additional $20 million in investment and 20 jobs, both of which are slightly less than the original proposal, are still possible if the unnamed company chooses to transfer an existing production line to Salisbury, but the transfer is “on hold indefinitely.”

Under the revised incentive agreement, the company would be asked to create its 35 new employees by the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which runs from July 2022 to June 2023, in order to receive payment under the tax incentive agreement.

“If all projects are successfully completed, the company will employ 254 (full-time employees) as of December 31, 2022,” the revised agreement states.

Companies roughly within the range of reaching that employment number, according to the largest private employers list on the Rowan Economic Development Commission’s website, include: Freshouse II, LLC, a fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesaler that employs 185 people; Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc, a general freight trucking company that employs 200 people; Henkel Corp., which makes adhesives and employs 207 people; Schult Homes, which builds mobile and modular homes and employs 246 people and Swing Transport, a general freight trucking company that employs 250 people.

Meanwhile, the tax incentives will be structured as an 80 percent reimbursement on taxes assessed on new property value. The agreement is for five years.

On Tuesday, Rowan County commissioners will hold a public hearing before voting on the incentive agreement.

Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. in the Rowan County Administration Building — 130 West Innes St.

In other business:

• Commissioners will hold a public hearing related to the naming of three roads in the area of an Interstate 85 exit that’s under construction.

The proposal to be considered Tuesday proposes to call the newest road — on which the I-85 exit will be located — Old Beatty Ford Road.

The existing Old Beatty Ford Road will be split in two, bisected by the interstate. On the west side, Bostian Road will be extended onto the current Old Beatty Ford Road, changing the name of the street for more than two dozen addresses.

On the east side of the interstate, the existing Old Beatty Ford Road will become Chalk Maple Road, which affects about three dozens addresses.

Included in Tuesday’s agenda packet is a letter of support for the name change from Rowan County 911 Director Allen Cress.

After holding a public hearing Tuesday, commissioners are scheduled to vote on the name changes.

• Commissioners will consider lifting a moratorium in the county on establishing or expanding campgrounds and RV parks after voting on a wide range of zoning definitions and requirements — from minimum lot size to trash removal.

• Commissioners will consider rezoning a two-acre tract of land at 5025 U.S. 601 from rural residential to neighborhood business.

The Rowan County Planning Department’s staff report states Traci Kinser has owned the property in question since 2006 and sells playground equipment and mulch. Kinser is seeking the rezoning to increase the operational area of her business and add other commercial uses to the property.

The property is located in Rowan County’s Franklin community — north of Salisbury.

• As part of their consent agenda, commissioners are scheduled to endorse three projects to the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization, which prioritizes transportation projects for Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

Commissioners are set to endorse the construction of a new I-85 interchange in the East Spencer area — at McCanless Road and Correll Street — intersection improvements along Mooresville Road at Rowan Mill and Sherrills Ford roads, aligning the intersection of Organ Church and Faith roads at N.C. 152 and building a new road from Henderson Grove Church Road to South Main Street as part of an “Airport Parkway” project.

Before construction could occur, the three projects would need to receive funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Contact editor Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4248 or josh.bergeron@salisburypost.com.

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