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Company nixes proposal for Franklin quarry

Posted August 3, 2008

— A Butner-based company has withdrawn its application to build a rock quarry north of Louisburg.

Bryan Pfohl, chairman of The Sunrock Group, said the company decided this past week not to seek a special-use permit for the quarry.

The Sunrock Group had applied to build a facility along N.C. Highway 39 that would produce aggregate stone and sand. The company said it would invest $5 million to start up the project, which would also create up to 50 well-paying jobs.

Opponents of the quarry claimed it would drive down properly values, create noise pollution and might contaminate water supplies.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners had put Sunrock's permit application on its agenda for an Aug. 18 meeting. Earlier, the county's Planning Board unanimously voted to recommend commissioners not endorse the permit.


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  • matt2 Aug 4, 2008

    This is an outstanding company. Furthermore, there could be no simplier product developed with fewer enviromental externalities. Franklin County has once again run off jobs. No schools or major infrastructure would have needed to be built for this tax base. It seams that Franklin County continues to choose to make its taxation basis be opon the resident.

  • Homeward Aug 4, 2008

    It's the status quo for this part of Franklin County - the needs of the few far outweighing the needs of the many.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Aug 4, 2008

    If you want to remain in the stone age, say no to everything. Quarries are necessary to build affordable infrastructure, but if you don't want that, it should only be partially the decision of the residents, the land owner should have a strong say in what they do with their land, I'm sure all of the NO QUARRY people what a say in what happens to their land.