Raleigh Road sites prime for inclusion to database
The Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission wants to help property owners rent vacant structures in the county using the state’s comprehensive site database, AccessNC.
During the commission’s monthly meeting Wednesday, member John Foster said the site identification committee has found 28 unoccupied properties along Raleigh Road that could be listed on AccessNC, which includes geographic information, square footage, price and utilities.
He said the committee is focusing on Raleigh Road, but will eventually identify sites along other main thoroughfares, like Warrenton Road, Norlina Road and U.S. 158.
Since the economic development commission needs permission from the property owners in order to list the site, Foster said the committee has begun reaching out to those property owners.
“We are in the process of introducing ourselves,” Foster said. “We will send out letters and then have an onsite visit to give them more details.”
The “buildings and sites” search feature in AccessNC allows businesses and individuals to search a database of available properties in specific counties and perform a location-based analysis around each property.
The committee will also encourage property owners to list their site with the economic development commission for free marketing through the commission’s website.
“We want to build some resources for people to find out about these properties,” Foster said. “A lot of these properties have not been advertised at all.”
He said the listings on AccessNC and the commission’s website would come at no cost to the property owner.
The economic development commission also discussed placing signs on individual properties stating that those sites were registered with the commission.
“This is a way for us to get the word out there but we need help from the property owners because we can’t list properties without their permission,” said Stuart Litvin, director of the economic development commission.
“Anybody who wants to list should not wait until the commission targets their specific area,” Litvin said. “We will assist anyone who is interested. This is a free service we provide but they need to come to us directly.”
Litvin was recently named the alternate state director of North Carolina on the Southern Economic Development Council’ board of directors. The council is a nonprofit organization focused on the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession.
He took the seat on Jan. 1 and will serve a one-year term on the board.
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