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Feb 21, 2005: Board of Commissioners work session

By Mike Cross
Posted Saturday, February 26, 2005

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Juvenile Detention Facility

Tony Tucker, Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Director, presented the interest in locating 1 of 6 proposed Youth Facilities within our "industrial" becoming "commercial" park at 64 and 421 (Behind Wal-Mart).

The facility would serve 35 youth (either all male or all female) sixteen years of age or younger -- average stay 15 months. It would have the appearance of a small school (not prison-like), provide 62 jobs (24hr service) such as counselors, teachers, and mental health professionals, occupy approximately 10 acres, expend $5.2 million in construction cost, open in 2007, and provide $3.1 million in possible local business revenue.

The EDC endorses it -- the BOC endorsed it (5-0) and now Siler City will review it. this is a municipal, county, and state partnership proposal.

Chatham Hospital

Mr. Woody Hathaway presented additional information on the proposed new Chatham Hospital option, also for our commercial park.

The Hospital would purchase approximately 37 acres (providing revenue towards infrastructure), will remain private although it will partner with UNC Healthcare to achieve Critical Access Hospital designation. Construction cost would be approximately $26 million and it would provide approximately 200 good and much-needed jobs.

This is the first motion I've ever seen that was followed rapidly by four seconds. BOC endorses it 5-0. A public hearing will be held on 20 April.

Commercial Park

We now have three solid anchor proposals -- new Chatham Hospital, Central Carolina Community College campus to include a Public Library, and the Juvenile Detention Facility.

We have access via Alston Bridge Rd. We are working on U.S. 64 access and have include access to U.S. 421 on our Transportation Improvements input to DOT. These anchor proposals should draw strong commercial interest and if everyone keeps working together, we will see big things happening in Siler City that will benefit the entire county.

My most sincere "salute" to the EDC Board members, Hosptial Trustees, CCCC trustees, State Judicial Planners, DOT planners, Siler City BOC, and everyone who has partnered to get this project moving forward... and to my predecessors -- looks like purchasing this property wasn't such a "stinko" idea after all! Thank you!!

Western Water Lines and Pumps

The BOC (5-0) proposes to turn over county owned water lines (Harold Andrews Rd.) and step-pumps (Stockyard Rd.) to Siler City. All are within the Siler City ETJ. This would make Siler and County water systems more contiguous and more sensible. County response time for this area is far more than desirable or necessary and this proposal would provide much better customer service. Siler City BOC will review the proposal.

Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)

This year -- for the first time, Chatham County, Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston will submit a consolidated improvements request to DOT.

Our BOC (5-0) selected 5 improvements under the Regional Planning Organization and 5 improvements under the Metropolitan Planning Organization (this includes Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and is a separate pot of money).

Here they are in order of priority:


1. Widen NC 751 to 4 lanes with bike lanes from U.S. 64 to the Durham County line
2. Highway 421 entrance to our commercial park (behind Wal-Mart)
3. Widen Hwy 87N out of Pittsboro to the Alamance County line
4. Widen and add bicycle lanes to Pea Ridge Rd. between Old No. 1 (SR 1011) and new Elam Church Rd (SR 1910).
5. Widen 15-501 to 4 lanes from the Lee County line to the Pittsboro Bypass.


1. Widen NC 751 to 4 lanes with bike lanes from 64 to the Durham County line
2. Improve Jack Bennett and Lystra Church Roads from U.S. 15-501 to to SR 1008
3. Widen Fearrington Mill Rd. to 4 lanes between Jack Bennett Rd. and the Durham County Line
4. Increase length of turn lanes at North Chatham Elementary School on Lystra Rd.
5. Increase length of turn lanes at Perry Harrison School on Hamlet Chapel Rd.

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Feb 21, 2005: Board of Commissioners work session
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