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RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC -- A group of property owners in northeast Randolph County is banding together to fight the county's Economic Development corporation on a plan to develop an industrial megasite between Julian and Liberty along Liberty Road.

The county has its eye on about 2,000 acres bordered by Brown's Meadow Road, Troy Smith Road, US 421 and Liberty Road.

The Randolph County EDC's goal is to have a large industrial site ready for any large manufacturer that may be looking to bring its operations to North Carolina's optimal location and transportation hubs.

Neighbors Steven Langlois and Bobby Ferguson don't want that plan to happen.

"The people who have been working this have been secretive. They have not been forthcoming," Ferguson said.

"And its totally against the reason why we live where we live," Langlois said. "We live here because we like the way it is not the way a Megasite would make it."

Bonnie Renfro, President of the RCEDC, said in March this plan amounted to planning for the future and that no particular company was looking to make a move to the area.

"Different businesses have different needs and you are most blessed if you have a menu of options that are suitable for your community," Renfro said in March.

Randolph County has not offered to buy any property in the area.