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County could modify zoning rules for pharmaceutical company eyeing former DuraFiber site

SALISBURY — Rowan County commissioners on Monday scheduled a public hearing to modify the zoning status of a site in the county that’s being eyed by a pharmaceutical company.

The public hearing was scheduled for June 22 at 6 p.m. Specific technical changes were not yet available Monday. Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds said the county is working on an economic development project and needs to modify the current zoning table of uses to remain competitive in its bid to land the company.

Rowan Economic Development Commission vice president Scott Shelton said the former DuraFiber Technologies plant, which permanently closed in 2017 and was located on Statesville Boulevard, is one of multiple other locations in the state that’s being considered by the pharmaceutical company. The company would initially manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer and hire 70 people before transitioning to making pharmaceutical products and hiring more individuals over time.

Shelton said the company is not seeking a tax incentive request at this time. The initial capital investment is estimated at $100 million.

He added that details about the project are still being gathered, and the EDC anticipates an answer from the company within four to six weeks.

Amending the zoning status would modify the permitted table of uses for the site. Any changes implemented regarding the table of uses would affect all other industrial zoned properties within the county’s zoning district, according to Assistant Planning Director Shane Stewart.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

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