A public hearing is scheduled tonight in Mount Airy regarding plans by a local company to build a manufacturing facility that ultimately could include the addition of 15 jobs.
Eagle Carports Inc. has applied for voluntary annexation by the city of a 7.59-acre site in the 100 block of Airport Road in Holly Springs and its rezoning to M-1 (Industrial). The property is now zoned HB (the county’s Highway Business classification).
Citizens will have a chance to voice their opinions on the annexation/rezoning during a Mount Airy Board of Commissioners meeting that begins today at 7 p.m.
Eagle Carports General Manager Gabriel Torres, the owner of the property involved, explained Wednesday that approval of those moves by the city commissioners would facilitate a much-needed expansion of the company.
“We’ve been working about a year now to get everything together,” he said regarding plans for the new manufacturing facility that will have about 60,000 square-feet.
“It will make square tubing for the carports we’ll be manufacturing in Mount Airy,” Torres added.
He said the tubing is now produced at another company location in Nacogdoches, Texas.
“We’ve got to the point where they’re too busy — they can’t keep up with production,” Torres said. “So we’re building another plant.”
In addition to supplying the local Eagle Carports operation, the new facility will manufacture tubing for sites in other states such as Tennessee and Georgia.
Torres hopes the facility will be open by sometime early next year. Once it gets up to full speed and shifts are added, he says 10 to 15 full-time jobs could result.
Being annexed by Mount Airy coincides with a desire by Eagle Carports to utilize municipal water and sewer service for the planned facility.
The rezoning of the site to M-1 (Industrial) would be consistent with other locations in the same area in Holly Springs, including an M-1 district located west of the property which contains TNT Carports.
No one spoke against the voluntary annexation and rezoning requests at a recent meeting of the Mount Airy Planning Board, an advisory group to the commissioners which invites neighboring property owners to its meetings and makes recommendations on such matters.
It voted 6-0 to recommend approval of both requests.
Later in tonight’s meeting, after the public hearing, the commissioners are scheduled to vote on the annexation and rezoning.
Among other items on tonight’s agenda, the commissioners will consider the awarding of a $439,460 contract for water and sewer rehabilitation work on East Church Street.
The purpose of the project is to replace a six-inch cast-iron water line that has suffered several recent failures along East Church Street from South Main Street to the dead end of East Church. Also, sewer lines in the same area which are in need of repair will be replaced.
When the project initially was advertised for bids from companies, five area contractors requested plans for the job, but only one offered a proposal by a May 17 bid-opening deadline.
City personnel re-advertised the project later that month, with that process producing two bids, the lowest from Steve Tate & Son Inc. of Mount Airy of $439,460 and the other from PCS Construction, also of Mount Airy, $521,584.
Staff members are recommending that the Tate company be awarded the contract based on its performance on past projects and a good working relationship it has with the city government.
Contingency funds have been added to the base contract price, to cover unforeseen expenses, for a total figure of $480,000 which the commissioners will consider tonight.
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