Power company to consolidate, stay in Henderson
The Duke Energy Progress logistics and construction facilities in Vance County are planning a move to 602 Raleigh Road, according to company leaders.
Duke Energy spokesman Jeremy Thigpen told the Henderson Zoning Board of Adjustment that the move would not expand operations, but consolidation would help their efficiency.
“We are moving people to one location,” Thigpen said at Tuesday afternoon’s zoning board meeting. “Right now we have two locations. The new facility will have roughly 30 people there.”
Board members asked about an existing structure at the Raleigh Road location. Thigpen said that the older building will be replaced by a completely new 11,280 square-foot reconstruction to establish a contractor’s office, a truck bay and outdoor storage.
“You will take the existing building down and be building new, is that what you said?” asked board member Roxton Bobbitt.
“We will essentially be redoing the entire site,” Thigpen said.
He added that the one location will serve as both an operations center for planning and logistics work and as a field support building where construction materials are located and construction work is organized.
Thigpen estimated the new facility would be ready for use in April.
The zoning board approved the move, expressing appreciation for operations being combined locally instead of moved away.
“We should be thankful that the new building will be where it is planned,” Bobbitt said.
• The board also approved adjustments to a solar farm special use permit issued in February for operating on 43 acres off Martin Creek Road. Moving numerous planned solar panels became necessary because of a wetland area found on part of the property, according to leaders with Carolina Solar Energy.
• Middle Baptist Association gained permits for establishing a quarterly meeting place at 3585 U.S. 39 South, essentially fixing 6,462 square feet of a 12,000-square foot shell building that has been sitting vacant.
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