Press release from Chuck Stires, candidate for NC Senate representing
Granville, Vance, Warren and Franklin Counties:

Chuck Stires reaffirms his challenge of the benefit of the biolab in Butner

“As a family man, small business owner and long time resident of this area, I have a deep appreciation of the lifestyle offered by the suburbs that are growing around the Triangle area,” said Chuck Stires, candidate for the NC senate representing Vance, Warren, Franklin and Granville Counties. “Some counties around the Triangle are realizing tremendous residential growth and the associated economic development that provides jobs and opportunities for the citizens and taxpayers.

As I stated back in February, it is my belief that the construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) will not prove to be the long-term attractant to further economic growth that Granville County desperately needs.”

“My opponent, Doug Berger, enthusiastically endorsed and supported the NBAF,” Stires went on. “It is only very recently, in an election year, amidst the obvious growing concern of many voters in the region that Doug Berger is now questioning his own support.” “An elected official must have the vision to clearly see and understand the long term legislative and governmental needs of the community,” Stires said. “An elected representative of the people must not jump on and off issues as the short-term winds of politics appear to shift.”

Chuck Stires knows that prisons, landfills, waste treatment, mental health facilities, and military bases are examples of the kinds of facilities that are necessary in support of growing metropolitan areas. They are the kinds of facilities that offer some initial economic benefit, but can stifle the necessary residential and commercial economic growth that is long lasting and deep-rooted, providing the foundation for further growth in surrounding communities.

“As the Triangle area grew, these facilities were identified as necessities, but they consumed large areas of valuable property, and would be considered a deterrent to residential and commercial growth if they were too close to residences, schools, businesses and natural resources. So, at the time, nearby, but still very rural, Granville County appeared to be the best option to house these facilities,” Stires continued. “The needs of growing surrounding counties should have been recognized by the officials who made these decisions years ago. But that kind of short-term thinking has to stop. The negative reaction of so many in this community should be seen as a glaring indicator of the kind of reaction potential new homeowners and commercial developers will have if still one more potentially off-putting facility is built in Granville County.”

“The lure of an initial influx of cash and job opportunities during the biolab’s construction will fade,” Stires said. “But the long-term reality of its impact on property values and residential and commercial growth will be realized for years thereafter.”

“As I stated months ago, early in the debate on the NBAF, a position I still hold today. I do not believe the construction of the NBAF is in the best long-term interests of the citizens and property owners of Granville County and this region.”

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