Council to consider industrial park
A proposal to develop the second-largest business park in High Point’s history goes before the City Council today.
A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on a request by 350 South Land Holdings LLC to rezone 431 acres north of the city that would comprise the largest business development annexed into High Point since the Piedmont Centre industrial park, which covers about 1,100 acres and was built 25 years ago.
The holding company, owned by Greensboro developer D.H. Griffin, is proposing to build High Point North Industrial Center between the city limits and Interstate 40. The property is in unincorporated Guilford County but is within territory that has been designated for annexation by High Point under agreements the city has with Kernersville and Greensboro.
The land, which is mostly open pasture and wooded areas, is generally bordered by I-40 to the north, Sandy Ridge Road to the east, Boylston Road to the south and Bunker Hill Road to the west.
Council will consider a request to rezone the site from agricultural and light industrial districts to a planned unit development–mixed district. The applicants also have put forth a development plan and annexation request for the property.
The applicants argue that because of its proximity to I-40 and the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the land is ideally suited for office parks, corporate headquarters and light industrial and commercial uses that could bring in thousands of jobs and add millions of dollars to the city’s tax base.
The applicants have been in conversations with potential tenants and say they need city approvals for their plans so that they can begin marketing the site. They are proposing to develop the park in two phases.
Last week, the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zoning case by a 6-2 vote. Under High Point’s development ordinance, that means that it would require a two-thirds favorable vote by the council (at least six members) for the case to be approved.
Nearby residents have raised concerns that the proposed development would overload local roads and would be incompatible with the rural setting of the area.
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