Neighbors Get Questions Answered At Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Open House
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- More than 200 neighbors showed up for an open house Thursday to learn more about plans for the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite.
County officials, Duke Energy representatives and engineers with the Department of Transportation showed up to answer questions at Providence Grove High School in Climax.
They showcased plans for sewer, water, power and roadways in the area, if a company buys the 1900-acre Megasite.
"You see the heritage that we have in furniture, textiles and tobacco, those skills are here. And they have been for years. And a manufacturing facility would fit right in," said Brent Christensen, President of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.
Some neighbors expressed concerns with the Megasite, like Dorothy Kennedy who is worried about traffic and noise.
"It's a rural community. People don't go there because they want big industrial plants around their neighborhood," Kennedy said. "They move there for the country life."
However, Kennedy sees some benefits with the site, especially since it could mean new jobs.
"If they can get the infrastructure right I think this will be a good thing," she said. "People need to work. It provides community."
Site selection experts say the 1900-acre Greensboro-Randolph Megasite would be a prime location for the Toyota-Mazda joint car manufacturing plant.
The $1.6 billion dollar plant will bring 4,000 jobs to the site the company chooses.
Bloomberg reports North Carolina and Alabama are the finalists for the plant. A decision is expected at the beginning of 2018.