SALISBURY — With a $500,000 offer to purchase the Enochville Elementary property on the table, commissioners will have the first right of refusal on the property on Monday before Rowan-Salisbury Schools begins the sale process.
Enochville Elementary closed last year after the Board of Education in January 2021 declared a school surplus. The vacant school sits on approximately 8.44 acres of land located at 925 N. Enochville Ave. in China Grove.
The Board of Education also declared Faith Elementary surplus and closed the school last year, but the school immediately reopened as Faith Academy Charter School.
In accordance with the North Carolina General Statute, the Board of Education must offer surplus properties to the Board of Commissioners prior to disposal. If the county government denies ownership of Enochville Elementary, the Board of Education plans to move forward with the upset bidding process for its sale.
The commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Room on the second floor of the Rowan County Administration Building. The meeting will also be webcast on https://bit.ly/rowanboc15h. The password is 028144. The meeting can be joined by phone by dialing 602-753-0140, 720-928-9299 or 213-338-8477.
Purchase of the Richard’s Bar-BQ building
Commissioners will consider approving a contract for Rowan-Salisbury Schools to purchase the Richard’s Bar-BQ building at 522 N. Main St. The district plans to use the facility, located right next to the Wallace Educational Forum, to expand and enhance the culinary program it offers through its vocational and technical training program.
The price is $440,000 with a down payment of $44,000. Money for the purchase will come from the district’s capital fund balance, which is approximately $2 million. The school board approved the purchase of Richard’s at a meeting in April, but major capital purchases must also be approved by the board of commissioners.
Council was due to review the contract last month, but the item was removed from the agenda at the start of the meeting to give commissioners more time to study the contract.
Amendment to the industrial park profit-sharing agreement
The commissioners will on Monday consider amending a previously approved incentive agreement with Red Rock Development. The company plans to invest approximately $198 million in the construction of six shell buildings totaling 2.6 million square feet of retail space on Long Ferry Road. The buildings will be constructed in three phases.
Infrastructure upgrades, including extended water and sewer lines, a new pumping station and major road improvements, will be required to service the new buildings.
In April, the Board of Commissioners approved an inducement request from Red Rock for the county to reimburse the company up to $4.2 million for these infrastructure improvements.
The incentive was approved with the stipulation that the reimbursement would be paid upon the lease or sale of substantially all of the facilities and assets of the first phase of the project to an eligible third party job creator. The first phase would include construction of the larger 1.08 million square foot building and the 572,000 square foot building.
Red Rock is now requesting that the terms of the incentive agreement be amended so that the infrastructure reimbursement is paid upon issuance of a certificate of completion for the two speculative buildings contained in the first phase of the project. . The company expects the first phase buildings to be completed in the second quarter of 2024.
Also at Monday’s meeting, commissioners are expected to schedule a public hearing for June 20 regarding Red Rock’s application to rezon the industrial park. The rezoning application was originally scheduled for May 16 but was postponed.
Also on the program:
• Commissioners will hold three public hearings for the following street name change applications:
• Organ Church Road to Polka Dot Lane. This would not change the name of the whole of Organ Church Road, just a small section branching off near Old Beatty Ford Road which parallels Organ Church Road.
• Unnamed road from Vanderbilt Avenue to Babe Bee Lane
• Unnamed road from Jones Road to Sills Creek Trail
• Council is due to hold a public hearing on June 20 to consider a request from Betsy Brown to establish St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery as a Rowan County Historic Landmark. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery is located at 1115 St. Andrews Church Road. The applicant wishes to designate the exterior of the church and the adjacent cemetery.
• Commissioners will consider a request from Teijin, formerly Continental Structural Plastics, to modify an incentive agreement originally approved by the board of directors to facilitate the expansion of the business at 6701 Statesville Blvd. In August 2020, the company announced plans to invest $45 million in the addition of a building and new equipment, which would create 56 new jobs.
Due to pandemic-related supply chain issues, the company was unable to begin the project until 2021. The company is requesting that the incentive agreement originally approved by the board be amended to reflect the delayed start of the project.
If the amendments are approved, the company would receive the grant for five separate tax years beginning with the assessment on January 1, 2022, rather than January 1, 2021. The grant would be calculated using January 1, 2021 as the base instead than January 1, 2020. Teijin will have until December 31, 2023 to create and fill the 56 new jobs rather than December 31, 2022. The amount of the grant repaid to Teijin is determined by the property taxes paid.
• Commissioners will consider approving an agreement with Republic Services for solid waste collection services in Rowan County for an amount not to exceed $350,000. The company will begin collections on July 1.
• The board will consider allowing the Rowan County Public Library to apply for a $25,071 grant from the Cannon Foundation to help the library digitize the Salisbury Post’s physical archive, known as “the morgue”. The digitization project is underway and when completed will allow more people to access the newspaper’s archives.