New industrial park in the works

Published 9:28 am Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mocksville Town board members last month approved rezoning of 77 acres off of Interstate Drive, which is being developed as a large-scale industrial park.

The land was rezoned from open space and residential to general industrial.

Bill Junker, who purchased the property, told the board he is working with Windsor Commercial Group of Greensboro, which will develop the site.

“I’m really excited about this project,” Junker told the board, adding that economic developer, Terry Bralley, is out of inventory.

He said the Hollingsworth Company has done a great job with medium to smaller size industrial buildings at South Pointe, but that larger buildings are needed.

“It’s a different market for Terry to go after,” Junker said. “I want the board to feel comfortable with what we’re doing out there.”

The site will be developed in three phases, starting with a 324,000 square-foot building. Buildings can be as large as 420,000 square feet. “This will open up a new market,” he said.

No one spoke in opposition at the public hearing, and the rezoning passed unanimously.

Board members agreed to sell the old animal shelter property at the end of Eaton Road. It contains four acres, much of which is in a flood plain.

Members put off a decision on whether to go with Davie County and Davidson Water to look into building a new water plant to fill the needs of all three. It was estimated that the cost of the study for the town would be about a third, although no concrete numbers were given.

Engineer Chuck Willis said there would be a “significant economy of scale” if the three could work together rather than each building their own treatment facility. “It puts you in a position to make better educated choices.

Staff was to bring back to the board estimated study costs before a decision is made.

The board approved hiring Leonard Barefoot as interim town manager; and a proposal from Mike Ruffin (former Davie County manager) to help find a permanent manager.