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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the second time in as many meetings, the Greensboro City Council will consider extending water and sewer lines beyond the city limits to attract business.

At a meeting on September 3, Council voted to run water and sewer lines out to a project run by a developer who wanted to bring a shopping center to Willowlake Road.

On Tuesday, Council will consider doing to the same for a heavy industrial employer to Burlington Road/US 70.

The location is directly across Burlington Road from a KMart distribution center. It's a 12-acre plot that backs up to a rail line, and soybeans currently grow there.

The developer, Windsor Development, is asking the City for more than $115,000 to extend the utility lines and an additional $239,000 to cover and cost overruns with the project.

Windsor's Buddy Seymore said two companies are already interested in moving on to the land. He could not specify which companies may move nor what or how many jobs they may bring.

When asked, councilman Zack Matheny said, "It could be one job. It could be hundreds of jobs."

The land is zoned HI for heavy industrial. It's just a soybean field until some form of development takes place.