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Growth on Fast Track in Alamance County

Posted May 18, 2007 9:22 p.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2007 9:33 p.m. EDT

— The Triangle's growth is spreading elsewhere, and one county on Interstate 40 is poised to capitalize on its resources and location.

In Mebane in Alamance County, crews raising roofs and hammering out homes that will stand side-by-side in new developments.

Unlike western Orange County, which is zoned almost solely for industrial development, Mebane has approved about 4,000 single-family home lots in recent years.

“The availability is the important thing,” said Mebane mayor Glendel Stephenson. “You can find land here.”

Stephenson said once the current build-out is done, the town's population of 8,500 could double.

One reason Alamance County keeps booming is its location. It lies right between RTP and Greensboro.

“We do have more and more families coming where the wife works in the Triad and the husband works in the Triangle,” Stephenson said.

Burlington is working on 1 million square feet of new retail development, most of it at Alamance Crossroads.

Burlington and Mebane are not only growing in population, but also in size. Mebane has annexed land in Orange County and Burlington is crossing the county line into Guilford County.

“I don't think we'll ever take on the Triangle,” said Burlington mayor Stephen Ross. “We've adopted sort of a gateway.”

Ross said business growth is being complemented by thousands of new homes.

“Anytime you grow fast you have to be very careful how you do it,” he said.