Major corporate park delayed
Plans for a corporate park just north of High Point are proceeding through the city approval process, but have one step remaining.
The City Council last week held public hearings on a requested rezoning and annexation of the site at Interstate 74 and N.C. 66 but delayed acting on the requests until April 7.
The delay was requested by the applicants to finalize details of the project and is not expected to hamper the park’s development.
Developer Robin Team, president of Carolina Investment Properties of Lexington, is spearheading the project and hopes to announce the first tenant for the site next month.
According to the city, a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility is planned for the site. Speculation has centered on Ralph Lauren Corp. as the likely occupant.
Team has represented the company in past expansions in High Point, where it operates several facilities. He has called Ralph Lauren’s High Point operations “their major East Coast distribution location.”
The company is High Point’s largest employer, with 2,369 employees as of the end of 2013.
The City Council has authorized spending about $5 million on water and sewer lines to serve the site, which is in Forsyth County, just north of High Point’s limits.
Team is seeking to rezone and have annexed by the city 129 acres within a 438-acre footprint that could accommodate future phases of the park.
Abigail Pittman, a planner working on the project, told the council that developers have offered several conditions to alleviate the impact of the project on surrounding property owners by providing large setbacks, or buffers, between the building site and neighbors.
She said the only road access to the site will be off N.C. 66, and the applicants will pay for a traffic signal that will be installed at the entrance to the park.
Beverly Gibson, who said she was representing landowners near the site, told the council she and others are concerned about the impact of the development on Rich Fork Creek, which originates on the park property and runs through her land.
“We want to make sure stormwater drainage from the site is kept to a minimum,” Gibson said. “Our land is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way. We want to keep the wildlife and plant life.”
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