Feds propose expanding Cary immigration office
Posted June 18, 2013
Cary, N.C. — Two years after local opposition scuttled plans for a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in a former Cary supermarket, federal officials are looking to expand the existing office in Cary.
A closed-door meeting is set for Wednesday as officials begin the pre-application process with Cary to secure more space for the ICE office.
The agency uses about 2 acres on Centrewest Court, off Evans Road, and seeks to add parking, a controlled entryway known as a sally port and other improvements. The plan would require the government to purchase some adjacent land, but it's unclear how large the expansion would be.
Town officials said there will be no special treatment for the federal government and that Cary residents shouldn't be alarmed.
In 2011, ICE considered taking over a former Kroger supermarket on N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road, but residents in the neighboring Park West subdivision persuaded Cary officials to adopt a resolution asking that the office not be placed next to a residential area.
ICE later abandoned the plans, saying the Kroger building wasn't suited for an office.