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Granville considered for new Department of Health and Human Services location

New facility would cost $250 million

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RALEIGH — A proposal that could bring the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to Granville County was revealed in Tuesday's North Carolina Senate budget.

Section 39.2(1) of the Senate budget directs the Department of Administration to "select land located in Granville County suitable for the relocation of the Department of Health and Human Services facilities at the Dix Campus in Raleigh."

The proposal authorized $250 million to build a new facility. The Dix campus was sold to the city of Raleigh in 2015 and is to become a park.

To show support for the project, Granville County leaders responded quickly by preparing a letter that was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper, DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen and a number of legislators.

While the state of North Carolina currently owns land in the southern area of the county, the letter of support highlights the Triangle North Granville site. Triangle North Granville is a 527-acre business park located in Granville and Vance  counties with approximately three miles of frontage on Interstate 85. If selected, DHHS will be the first tenant on the site, which is marketed as a Life Science and Technology Park.

"This state office would be a great addition to the park and the project would be transformative to Granville County and to the region," Granville County Manager Mike Felts said. "We are excited about the prospect of DHHS locating in Granville County."

An emergency meeting was scheduled by the Granville County Board of Commissioners Wednesday night for further review and discussion of the proposal. The Butner-Creedmoor News will have full coverage of Wednesday's meeting in next week's edition and online at butnercreedmoornews.com.

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