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Pender County continues to build local commerce park

Old Topsail High School is getting closer to becoming the home to several businesses in the Hampstead area.

Last year, the future of the old high school was tossed around by Pender County commissioners. The 9.56 acre lot could also serve as a county annex after the renovations.

The cost of the renovation is estimated to range between $1.98 million to $3 million.

The lot will receive new roads, parking lots, lighting, a storm water collection system, a septic tank and a drain field.

Public Utilities Director, Michael Mack told StarNews that the project will include renovating the two-story brick school building, and the nearby single story brick building that housed the school cafeteria. Mack also stated that all of the plaster, ceiling and floors will also be removed, along with the doors and windows. The roofing will also be removed and replaced. New plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems will be installed.

Pender County attracts new company
In October, the seafood processing company, RC Creations made the decision to build a new facility in Pender County.

The company will invest $25 million to build the facility. It will create 120 jobs by the end of 2017 in the Currie area of Pender County. The facility will be a hub to import fresh and frozen seafood from around the world. It will create ready to eat seafood products that are packaged and shipped domestically and internationally.

The facility will be next to the new water treatment plant that’s slated to be built in Pender County. RC Creations is part of the Acme Smoked Fish Corporation that’s based in New York.