Called “Project Ranger” in permit applications on file with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and other state and federal agencies, it shows that Biltmore Farms Co. has plans to build a 750,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
According to documents, the building will be built on a 445-acre tract between the French Broad River and Interstate 26 owned by Biltmore Farms.
The project would be the largest economic development win in recent Buncombe County history, and the building would be one of the largest commercial facilities in the county, Citizen Times reports.
The building itself would comprise 17.2 acres, “with possible future expansion areas,” with total parking spaces listed as 1,149, the outlet found in one document.
“To my knowledge, there’s never been anything that big locating here,” at least not in the past 20-30 years or even more, said K. Ray Bailey, a former president of A-B Tech Community College who has served as a county commissioner and a member of the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County. “It would be something we would all be excited about, because it’s going to provide, hopefully, top-wage jobs, quality jobs, for that many people.”
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