CHATHAM COUNTY: Site readiness report complete for megasite

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

As part of the 2013 Duke Energy Site Readiness Program, a national consulting firm has finished its study of a 1,774 acre megasite west of Siler City for large scale industrial development. The consulting team from McCallum Sweeney will present its final report on Friday, July 19.

The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City, will include local, regional and state officials. Mark Sweeney, senior principal, will present an analysis of the site selection process with an emphasis on megasite readiness and the critical need for ready sites.

Doug Stimmel with Stimmel Associates, project engineers, will present an overview of the site, including access, natural features, topography, and buildability. Sarah White, McCallum Sweeney consultant, will conclude with the site report, including strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations.

“We were encouraged by the consulting team’s initial positive response during their site visit in late May,” said Dianne Reid, president, Chatham Economic Development Corporation. “We’ve invited a broad audience to hear the assessment and help build support for the next steps in developing and marketing the site.”

Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program is designed to help communities served by the utility compete for new companies and jobs.

McCallum Sweeney has been involved in many high-profile automotive relocations and expansions.

Located near Highway 421 and south of Interstate 85, the megasite has 5,000 feet of rail frontage. The land is undeveloped and has two owners, both committed to attracting a large industrial user.