Guilford County misses out

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BURLINGTON, NC -- Neither Guilford County nor Alamance County would confirm what if anything is planned for a large tract of land south of I-40/85 in Alamance County, but Dan Lynch is certain Guilford County has missed out on an opportunity.

Lynch is the president of the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance. He lead the fight in October to re-zone the Guilford County Prison Farm for an industrial park.

The Guilford County Planning Board voted not to re-zone the land, citing a lack of knowledge about the proposed plan for the area.

Lynch says the unidentified company that was interested in building there and would have brought 450-600 jobs had to look elsewhere.

"What I can say is the client that was looking didn't have time to wait," Lynch said.

The scrapped project was nicknamed "Swordfish," and the Triad Business Journal speculated Monday that "Swordfish" is now headed for 1425 acres off of Trollingwood Road (Exit 152) between Mebane and Graham.

The Business Journal also speculated that "Swordfish" is a $100-million-dollar Wal-Mart distribution center.

Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alamance County's chamber of commerce would not discuss anything related to a potential project in the area, saying that land has been proposed for several projects since 1992.

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