Commissioners OK Plan for Carolina Eye Expansion
Carolina Eye Associates’ expansion plan received a 4-1 nod from the Moore County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
The plan, which actually covers a fire protection requirement of the village of Pinehurst, will enable the clinic to proceed with plans to expand the practice and add a minimum of 15 jobs.
At an estimated cost of $724,800, the expansion will be paid for with assistance from a $150,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Center. Carolina Eye has agreed to pay $166,600 with the remaining cost to be covered by Moore County Public Utilities and through assessments of future customers generated by the expansion.
The plan calls for running a water line from Memorial Drive to the Midland Road site, thus allowing the proposed expansion to meet Pinehurst village fire flow requirements and opening the area for new customers along several streets.
County Manager Cary McSwain said the extension would eliminate a bottleneck and allow the county to buy additional water from the town of Southern Pines.
Commissioner Tim Lea, who cast the dissenting vote, said that the plan would be costly to existing ratepayers and noted that other private developments have paid a greater percentage of the cost when water main extensions were needed. Lea commended Carolina Eye for the expansion but called the cost too high to the county and other customers.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners agreed to call a public hearing for their next meeting to consider a rezoning request for the Pine Forest development near West End. They also approved plans for Phase 3 of the East Moore Water District, opening the way for a contract to be awarded in March.
More details will appear in the print version of The Pilot.
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