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Cumberland County residents to debate poultry plant Tuesday

Posted September 1, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014

— Residents who live near a Cumberland County site being considered for a $113 million poultry plant are divided.

Some residents say if Sanderson Farms builds the massive new plant, property values will drop, especially because of the odor that come with poultry plants.

But other residents say the up to 1,000 new jobs the plant could bring is worth the inconvenience.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that a forum will be held Tuesday to discuss the possible new plant. Tuesday's hearing, which is being held by the Fayetteville Regional Chamber, will be held at Crown Coliseum, at 1960 Coliseum Drive, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

There will also have to be public hearings on the tax incentives that should be given to Sanderson Farms if they decide to build the plant in Cedar Creek, a small community east of Interstate 95 on the Cape Fear River.

Sanderson Farms is looking at a 500-acre site in an industrial park, and officials said any potential plant is comparable to a $120 million complex the company opened in Kinston.

Farmer Justin Smith owns land around the plant. He said he isn't against the poultry plant, but doesn't think the proposed location is the right place in Cumberland County.

"The bottom line is that in Kinston, there's no homes around it," Smith said

John Jackson supports the new poultry plant. He said residents should have known all types of industry could move into the industrial park Sanderson Farms is considering when the site was developed.

"I don't understand," Jackson said. "They put an industrial park down there and as soon as a company wants to come in there, they want to fuss about it. About anything you put in on the industrial line, it's going to smell."

But that smell has some people worried it could stifle any development in the area, especially If the odor floats over to the exit leading to Cedar Creek on I-95. Many people are aware of other poultry plants in the area, including a Smithfield Packing plant in Clinton that has about 1,750 workers.

"They need to put businesses out here, but not no chicken place," April Royal said. "It's going to smell like Clinton after a while."


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  • justthetrashman Sep 2, 2014

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    Hello....they don't have to stand in line. We pay for the stamps to mail it to them.

  • Grand Union Sep 2, 2014

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    plenty of wide open spaces far from house out east...........
    Corporations have no right to destroy the value of other peoples properties......

  • jmcdow2792 Sep 2, 2014

    People have to eat. It has to go somewhere. If not here, then where?

  • housemanagercary Sep 2, 2014

    I bet the northern part of the county near I95 between Godwin and Dunn would take it. There it could be surrounded by farm land with fewer houses, and still have close immediate access to I95 and 301.

  • ETG Sep 2, 2014

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    Not the truth

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 2, 2014

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    That's the truth.

  • Mannin Black Sep 2, 2014
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    After standing in line for my welfare check, I'm gonna show up eating a bucket of fried chicken while I protest against poultry plant. Maybe that will get the message across.

  • Christopher Byrne Sep 2, 2014
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    I know my opinion means little because I live nowhere near this location in another county however this facility will provide badly needed jobs and will likely do so for years to come. Not to mention tax revenue for the county. This is the price to pay for positive growth. I hope this gets a green light for the sake of those who desire to work yet I hope the "presumed" ill effects to no interrupt the quality of life for those living nearby.
    By the way, processing chickens is still a "business".

  • bluecanary Sep 2, 2014

    It's not about the jobs. It's not even about the smell. It's about the pollution that this slaughterhouse will put into the river. And if there are chicken houses, there WILL be a much worse smell than just a processing plant.

  • Grand Union Sep 2, 2014

    I think the biggest problem these people are having is not that the plant will smell, but that they might actually have to get a job.

    Most of the neighbors likely already have jobs......and how would you like your property value destroyed by having this plant as a neighbor? And perhaps their health as well. These industries are, I believe, exempt from odor laws and who would trust any big Corp. to keep its word?