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Old 11-02-2010, 06:17 AM
 
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Nashville, Tenn.-based Elevating Entertainment says it has plans to locate movie, television and music-production studios at the former Philip Morris cigarette plant in Concord. Cabarrus County commissioners are scheduled to consider a request later this month from Carolina USA Partners to sell up to $100 million in bonds to complete the purchase and renovation of the 1,200-acre site.
Entertainment complex proposed for Concord Philip Morris site


I hope they at least keep all the beautiful grass land and not turn it into a parking lot
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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That's an interesting idea!

Maybe a little off topic, but I've always driven by and seen cows, grassland, and what look like a few paths/walkways there... anyone know if it's open for public walking/jogging?
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I hope they at least keep all the beautiful grass land and not turn it into a parking lot
I don't see why they would. Didn't Philipe Morris have parking for its employees there? That should be enough, or at least I don't think they would need that much more...
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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On the surface, this looks like a great oportunity for the area. I don't live in Cabarrus, so I don't really have a stake in this, but I wonder if the county can afford to back the $100 million in bonds. When I look at the list of movies and TV shows "in development" in that article, I can't imagine I'd be interested in seeing any of them, and I'm not familiar with any of the acts on their record label. But I'm not a big gospel fan and don't seek out religious programming for my video entertainment, so maybe it's just me. This will be a big decision for Cabarrus county, as they could be on the hook for a lot of money if things don't work out, which is something we folks in Mecklenburg know a little about.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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From what I've read, the taxpayers will not be on the hook for this one. No incentives are being provided. Believe what you want I suppose.

Production studio could bring 2,000 jobs to Concord | WCNC.com | Charlotte Business News | WCNC.com | News for Charlotte, North Carolina
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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I think it a great idea and innovative way to reuse the area. However, my personal desire is to see what has happend to the Atherton Mill happen to this site.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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From what I've read, the taxpayers will not be on the hook for this one. No incentives are being provided. Believe what you want I suppose.
That contradicts the article cited in the OP:

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A company interested in purchasing the Philip Morris site and creating an industrial mall that could bring as many as 2,500 jobs to Cabarrus County has asked the county for financial support in the project, the Independent Tribune learned Monday.
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A public hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 15, for the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners to consider selling up to $100 million in bonds to help Carolina USA Partners, LLC complete the purchase and rennovation of the 1,200-acre site.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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$100 million in federal stimulus money to help with the purchase.

Georgia company near deal for Philip Morris property
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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Yes, this is how all of the projects are coming into Cleveland County. The vast majority of stimulus money was put into various funds to be tapped by counties or towns. The state of NC classified some counties as being distressed & they have priority when they apply for the grants.

In otherwords, if Cleveland County got a company that applied for those same funds, Cleveland County gets the money, all other things being equal. If these people want the stimulus money to buy the property, it sounds like any county which the state has classified as distressed can get some of that money first, for projects where it is simply assisting companies, not funding them.

ETA: I reread this. This is something entirely different. However I wonder if one of the counties classified as distressed went after these bonds if the distressed county would still get priority. This seems to be allocated to NC but it sounds like it's less hands-on with state administration & more hands-on with federal administration.

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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$100 million in federal stimulus money to help with the purchase.

Georgia company near deal for Philip Morris property
If Cabarrus county gets 2500 jobs out of a $100 million stimulus investment, it seems like a far better return than some of the other figures Ive seen. Look at how many jobs LA created with their stimulus money.
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