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NorthPoint on track to deliver I-85 Commerce Center on Webb Road by summer – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — A large industrial development on Webb Road between I-85 and US 29 is on track for completion this summer.

NorthPoint’s development will include a 676,000 square foot building designed to house a distribution center or manufacturing facility. The development is marketed as I-85 Commerce Center by Avison Young, a commercial real estate company.

NorthPoint opened last year and despite a rainy winter season, NorthPoint project manager Michael Johnston said the project is expected to be completed in July. In addition to several thousand square feet of space, the development will have 364 car parking spaces and 150 trailer parking spaces. The building will have 68 platforms that can be extended to 150.

The building is erected using a tilting construction technique, a process that involves pouring large concrete panels in place before being lifted into position with a crane around structural steel.

“You should see signs up in the next two weeks,” Johnston said. “Steel is also going to start here in the next couple of weeks, so the building will go from horizontal to vertical quite quickly here.”

Although Johnston said the company has generated some interest, an end user has yet to be determined.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners voted in September to approve an incentive agreement for the project. Whoever pays property taxes on the building, whether it’s NorthPoint or the business that will eventually inhabit the building, will receive a percentage of their taxes paid from the county in the form of a grant. The percentage reimbursed will be determined by the amount invested and the number of jobs created.

The I-85 Mall isn’t NorthPoint’s first foray into Rowan County. The company developed the building now occupied by Chewy in northeast Rowan County.

“Rowan County is fantastic,” Johnston said. “They’re a great entity to work with. They’re very user-friendly, so we love working with the county and continuing to bring these projects to market.”

The NorthPoint development is one of many ongoing projects in Rowan County. Land is currently being cleared near Exit 68 for the Silverman Group Logistics Center 85, which is being considered by several companies wishing to establish a location in Rowan County. One of the companies considering ownership under the codename Project Rabbit could bring 5,100 full-time and part-time seasonal jobs. A decision on this project will probably be made in March.

Trammell Crow Company is planning a 755,928 square foot logistics center called Metro63 near exit 63 in Kannapolis. The company is also interested in building a 500,000 square foot center near Junction 72 in Salisbury. Meanwhile, several developers placed bids for 40 acres of county-owned property near Koontz Elementary and I-85.