McCrory praises deal for eco-industrial park
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday the conversion of polluted industrial property into an ecologically friendly industrial park shows public and private sectors can work together to improve the environment while potentially creating hundreds of jobs.
McCrory and state environmental agency chief John Skvarla announced an agreement allowing development of the eco-industrial park on a former Superfund site in Charlotte.
A developer has already spent years on the "ReVenture Park" project on the 667-acre grounds of a former textile-dye manufacturing plant along the Catawba River. The landowners have spent $40 million to clean up contamination.
The park, which is expected to include a biomass heat and power plant and encourage the development of renewable energy businesses, could produce 245 jobs, $73.5 million in investment and up to $12 million in environmental remediation in its first phase, McCrory's office said. The three phases comprising ReVenture Park could total more than 700 jobs and $300 million-plus in investment.
The "project will create jobs and allow us to transform a once highly contaminated site into a new and thriving energy-related complex," the governor said in a release after a formal announcement at the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.