Grant will breath new life into old building

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Granville County will receive a $150,000 grant to prepare a vacant building in Butner for a new tenant.

The grant from the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure will support the reuse of a 240,000-square-foot building at 200 E. 20th St. in Butner. The building, constructed in 1955, has been vacant for seven years.

“Product Recovery Management will be relocating its operation from Durham to Butner,” Economic Director Bill Edwards said. “They’ll be bringing 25 to 30 positions with them and hiring at least 15 full-time people. It’s a very good company, pays very well.”

The company manufactures environmental remediation and landfill gas equipment.

The grant to Granville County is one of five announced Thursday. Together, the grants total $1.4 million and are anticipated to create more than 130 jobs.

The Rural Infrastructure Authority was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at the N.C. Department of Commerce to process grants for rural areas in the state, including grants for building reuse, building restoration and infrastructure.

The Building Reuse Program provides grants and loans to local governments to support the reuse of vacant buildings or to expand rural health care facilities that will lead to the creation of jobs.

 

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