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Alternative Funding Measures for Infrastructure Development Along 421 Corridor

New Hanover County Manager's Office
Proposed Additions to the 421 Corridor

New Hanover County has started extending water and sewer lines to the 421 Corridor. But the project’s twelve million dollar price tag has some county commissioners seeking alternative funding measures.

To fund the infrastructure development along the 421 Corridor, county managers are looking into federal grants to help lessen the burden on New Hanover.

Mayor Bill Saffo suggests private investment. As an example, he cites Duke Energy’s work to run water lines to the Flemington sites, which have contaminated wells.

Councilman Woody White suggests selling county property to help offset the costs. He says he prefers more innovative solutions than simply taking on more debt:

"I think the mayor and certainly our commission is looking at any and all options to pay for what everyone knows is a necessary need in that part of our county."

White says that these infrastructure improvements are intended to grow the economy and diversify the labor force.