Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the planning board voted to recommend approving the Matthews Heathers subdivision. The planning board voted to deny the request. 

LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved four industrial incentive grants at its Dec. 5 meeting.

The largest investment was for Blum, Inc. Within two years, Blum will make an investment of $16,126,605 to expand its equipment at the Stanley facility, Kara Brown, existing business manager with the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), said.

Blum is involved in the design and manufacture of hardware for kitchen cabinets.

According to a press release from LEDA, about $6 million will be invested in new production machinery while the rest is used to improve the existing fully automated warehouse.

Per the agreement, the county would give $51,730 in grants each year for seven years.

The project will also bring in at least 10 new jobs with weekly wages of $650, plus benefits, Brown said.

The four incentive grants were all approved unanimously by the commissioners and have investments of more than $40 million in facility expansion and new machinery and will bring in nearly 200 jobs in the next two years, according to the release.

Zoning requests

In its joint meeting with the Lincoln County Planning Board, the commissioners also heard multiple zoning requests that would impact the east Lincoln area.

The planning board unanimously voted to recommend that the board approve a request by Cambridge Properties, Inc. to rezone five acres between N.C. 16 Business and North Pilot Knob Road to allow for an office building of up to 55,000 square feet.

This would be the second phase of Cambridge Village, the first phase of which was approved by the commissioners in May and included 90,000 square feet of commercial space that would include a Publix grocery store.

The planning board also unanimously voted to deny the approval of a request by Matthews Heathers Land Corporation for sketch-plan approval for a 38-lot residential subdivision on the west side of N.C. 16 bypass near Lowesville Lane and Sifford Road.

The board of commissioners will vote on all the requests at its Dec. 19 meeting.

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