Edgecombe County Commissioners Chairman Leonard Wiggins and the Edgecombe County Commissioners have announced the formation of Edgecombe East, a new 854-acres business park east of Tarboro. The addition of Edgecombe East adds to the property portfolio currently under Edgecombe County. The portfolio includes: the Kingsboro Business Park at 2,100 acres and the Battleboro Business Park at 1,200 acres. The Battleboro Business Park, a partnership between Edgecombe County and the CSX, is adjacent to the Carolina Connector, the CSX/NCDOT intermodal terminal.
“In order to grow the tax base in Edgecombe County, property is needed to offer the global client base focused on our region. With clients having a very strong interest in the Kingsboro Business Park, we expect to see most or all the Kingsboro property under development by clients by mid-2024,” said Wiggins, “To be ready for more growth in Edgecombe County, this seemed to be the right time to enlarge our business park offerings.”
Edgecombe East sits adjacent to U.S. Hwy 64 East (future I-87) at Exit 491 and offers a prime location for business and industries requiring superior logistical transport. Currently, development has been ongoing on the Rocky Mount side of Tarboro, but this new site will encourage growth on the east side Tarboro. Under the guidance of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, work is underway to bring this site to construction ready status. This includes early-stage environmental work and planning for infrastructure improvements of wastewater, sewer, electricity, and natural gas availability. These elements are essential as they entice consultants and their company clients.
Edgecombe East will enable Edgecombe County to take advantage of the work already underway to convert U.S. Hwy 64 East to the future interstate I-87, which will connect to the Wilmington and Norfolk ports. As another important logistical connection, the CSX railroad corridor is only 25 miles from the Edgecombe East Business Park.
“Edgecombe County is already well-known to site consultants because of the Kingsboro Business Park – the only prime megasite in North Carolina presently – and the Carolina Connector Intermodal Terminal. Edgecombe East Business Park will attract a great deal of attention from site consultants due to its size and its proximity to future I-87,” said Oppie Jordan, vice president of economic development for the Carolinas Gateway Partnership.
The Partnership will begin promoting the new business park on its social media platforms and its website.
“Edgecombe County is excited to have the Edgecombe East Business Park as another avenue to spur economic growth in our region. We believe it will be an outstanding addition to our product offerings and we look forward to welcoming new businesses and industries to the county,” said Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans.
For more information on the Edgecombe East Business Park contact Oppie Jordan, vice president of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-904-4498.