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Taking inventory

July 10, 2012

When it comes to vacant buildings, Catawba County has plenty of them.

The problem is, as economic development officials work to recruit new industries and jobs to the area, not all of them are suited for the demands of modern-day operations.

But which ones are ready to welcome a new business, and where are they?

"We are trying to find out what is marketable and what isn't and then what we can do with those buildings," said Newton Mayor Anne Stedman. "I am trying to wrap my brain around what our available properties are."

Toward that end, Newton leaders joined property devlopers and Catawba County Economic Development Corp. leaders on a tour to find out just what what is available in Newton. All total, the group visited eight sites throughout Newton to gain a better idea of what vacant properties are suited for industries that could bring jobs to the area.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.


More "Brainwrapping"

July 11, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 45 weeks ago
Comment: 1152

Madam Mayor, instead of wrapping your brain or get anything else in a twist, walk out your front door and look left and you will see derelect post-industrial structures that need to be torn down. No industry with todays safety requirements and need for high voltage and precise equipment WILL EVER MOVE INTO facilities designed and built int he 40's 50's or 60's. They need to be condemed and swiftly torn down! Now office space in downtown, that can reasonably be re-habilitated, but the industrial derelects have to go.

Hope this helps! What next?

Vacant Buildings

July 11, 2012 by keithwilson (not verified), 2 years 45 weeks ago
Comment: 1151

Meanwhile we have a nice restaurant in the former Artist's Cafe that remains vacant.

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