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New Hanover County proposes $780,000 land purchase to expand landfill

Each landfill cell costs $300,000 an acre to build, not including the price to purchase land. This is a section of an 80-acre hill. (Port City Daily photo /JOHANNA FEREBEE)
Each landfill cell costs $300,000 an acre to build, not including the price to purchase land. This is a section of an 80-acre hill. (Port City Daily photo /JOHANNA FEREBEE)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The county landfill is poised to expand by eight acres if county leaders approve a $780,000 purchasing agreement at their upcoming County Commissioner meeting.

The property, located at 5124 U.S. Highway 421 North is directly adjacent to the landfill, it is currently owned by Tidewater Transit Company.

According to the request, This property will be used to expand the footprint of the landfill at the southwest corner … This real estate purchase will provide the land necessary to relocate the administrative and maintenance facilities, thereby opening up the land where the existing structures are currently situated to allow the construction of future landfill cells for solid waste disposal.”

The county would be getting somewhat of a deal if the agreement is approved as the current asking price for the land is $879,000 and the county tax estimate has it valued at $799,000.

So where is this money going to come from? Well, the county budget already allocated $750,000 for the purchase of the real estate. The additional $30,000 required is available in the Environmental Management Fund’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019–2020.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will vote on the request on Monday at 4 p.m., those interested can watch the meeting live online.


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