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Mayor gives CSX 10-day deadline for Four Oaks hub decision

Posted April 13

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— Four Oaks mayor Linwood Parker set a 10-day deadline for CSX after a conference call on Wednesday to decide if the transportation company plans on building a railroad terminal in Johnston County.

Town leaders reached out to CSX after a proposal to build a $272 million terminal fell through near Selma.

The cargo hub would bring jobs to the area but would force some homeowners to sell their property.

Parker sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and the railroad company on Monday expressing his support for the project, even if eminent domain is in play, which has many in the community concerned for their property.

“CSX appreciates the support for the CCX intermodal rail terminal voiced by local organizations and community members,” said Kristin Seay, a spokeswoman with CSX Corporate Communications. “We remain committed to this infrastructure project which will create jobs, deliver a distinct competitive advantage for large and small businesses, and spur economic development. We look forward to working with all interested stakeholders to move the project forward.”

John Jackson, whose family has lived in the town for decades, said he is not pleased with the idea of selling his property or being forced to move.

“This is the house that my grandfather lived in, and my daddy lived here,” Jackson said. “You see, I can’t sell it.”

In a public meeting on Monday, landowners expressed both support and opposition of CSX building in Johnston County.

“The majority say no. We’re asking you to stand behind us and support us,” said resident Michelle King on Monday.

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