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Southern Granville Co. Growing Up

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New business is bringing new homes to southern Granville County.
CREEDMOOR — As recently as five years ago, if you hadtold people in southern Granville County their hometown was about tobecome a boom town, they would have chuckled, but they're not laughingnow. The area is currently experiencing surprising and unprecedentedgrowth.

The population in Southern Granville County is going up, and soare the homes. Contractor Dudley Williams says they sell houses as fast asthey can build them.

There are several reasons for the area's recent growth.First, jobs atplaces such as Hannaford and Georgia Pacific have brought in more andmore workers. Second, is proximity to the Triangle, and access tooverflow from that area's growth. Granville County homeowner Lou Reed sayshe moved there to live in a small town, but have access to conveniences.

Creedmoor City Manager Merle Edwards can't find enough room in heroffice for all the maps and plans that keep coming in.

While nearly everyone agrees growth is good, they also know it rarelycomes without a price.

For example, a developer wants to build 102 houses near Lake Rogers,but many are concerned it will hurt the city's water supply. WhileCreedmoor has to protect some resources, it has to provide others.

If planning goes well, money for new services should come from newtaxpayers. Creedmoor's population is expected to more than doublein the next few years.

Photographer:Joe Frieda

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