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Chatham Cottage auction opens next week

The Chatham Cottage, handcrafted by Central Carolina Community College students, goes up for auction next week.

The cottage, built using local materials, is an annual project for students studying construction and sustainable building technologies. This year, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage spans 560 square feet including a front porch. Architect Mike Spinello collaborated on the energy-efficient design to create a sense of openness in a small space, a news release stated.

The cottage could make a comfortable in-law suite, guest house, vacation rental or office space, the release stated.

The outside of the small home is designed to prevent heating and cooling losses with high-performance windows and a long-lasting and heat-reflective galvanized metal roof. The inside of the cottage is partially unfinished to allow the buyer to customize the space. The buyer is responsible for interior work which may include drywall, painting and flooring, the release stated.

The cottage requires the addition of a heating and cooling system, appliances, electric water heater, footing, and foundation upon placement at the permanent site. It’s currently resting on temporary pillars, according to the release.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Chatham Cottage project and provide scholarship funds for students enrolled in the Building Construction and Sustainability programs.

The cottage, at the CCCC Chatham Main Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro, is open for viewing from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21 or by appointment. For more information or to schedule a viewing, contact Jeff Gannon at jgannon@cccc.edu or 919-545-8032, or Andrew McMahan at amcmahan@cccc.edu or 919-545-8036.

The online auction starts at 8 a.m. June 19 and closes at 5 p.m. June 26. Visit charityauctionstoday.com to bid.

NCDOT seeks more participation from small, minority-owned businesses

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning events for disadvantaged or minority-owned businesses to help them compete for state contracts.

The Division of Highways, working with its Office of Civil Rights, plans to meet with business representatives in each of its 14 districts this month, according to a NCDOT release.

The in-person meetings will offer information on how to do business with the NCDOT.

“Our agency advertises and awards numerous contracts for projects big and small each year, but often many of these businesses may not be aware of how to work with our agency,” Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said in the release.

“Each project is an opportunity to encourage small and disadvantaged business participation and to provide those businesses access to compete on NCDOT contracts,” he said.

Areas that are often contracted out are mowing, litter pickup, landscaping, snow and ice removal, traffic control, painting, striping and road construction, the release said.

Representatives from the Division of Highways will be on hand at the division meetings to discuss types of contracts, advertisements for upcoming projects and the letting and award process, the release said.

The Division 8 meeting, which includes Lee County, is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon June 26 at the Highway Division 8 Office, 150 DOT Drive in Carthage.

Business owners and representatives are asked to RSVP if they plan to attend. To do so, contact Reuben Blakely at rblakley@ncdot.gov or 910-773-8003.

Additional information is available at ncdot.gov/highwaysdbe.

SAGA seeks loan for development of fourth shell building

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance is seeking $100,000 from a revolving loan fund to help with developing a fourth shell building in Central Carolina Enterprise Park.

The request was presented to the Lee County commissioners at their Monday meeting.

“As evidenced by the pace of recent announcements and ongoing project activity, current interest in Lee County as a potential site for business investment is high,” SAGA CEO Jimmy Randolph wrote in the request.

Shell buildings are constructed so that the exterior walls are put up, but the interior is left unfinished to allow a business to fit it to specifically suit its needs.

Two of the buildings have been leased by businesses that are investing a total of $325 million and creating 524 new jobs that will pay an average of $70,000, Randolph said.

A third building is being marketed by SAGA as “currently under construction,” he said.

The request presented to the commissioners is to help accelerate the pre-development on CCEP lots designated for shell buildings in the future, the request said. It would allow construction on a fourth shell building “to begin immediately upon locating an end user for the previous building,” Randolph’s request said.

The commissioners agreed to move forward with a public hearing.

The Revolving Loan Fund was created to help promote the creation of new job opportunities and ensure that existing jobs remain, according to agenda documents.

It also was created to help draw new business development and expansions of existing businesses and help close funding gaps between a project’s capital needs and private financing.