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While the Wilson City Council meeting was widely attended Thursday, officials worked through the agenda quickly without public comment about several incentive packages or planned development.
The city approved a $50,000 annual allocation for four years to Refresco, which is set to invest $16.5 million with an expansion that will create 43 jobs. Wilson council members also approved a $30,000 annual allocation for four years to Pamlico Air, which is set to invest $9.3 million for an air filtration manufacturing facility that will create 305 jobs. Both companies had made the economic announcements late in 2019.
Planning board members approved a conditional rezoning of 3535 and 3537 N.C. 42 to allow for small equipment repair and rental, vehicle services or a self-service storage. A public hearing was required Thursday at the council meeting, but no one spoke and the rezoning request was approved without discussion.
Officials also set the public hearing for Feb. 20 to annex 44 acres on the 3700 block of Raleigh Road Parkway to make way for nearly 500 apartments planned in the Evolve at Heritage project. Developers are seeking city services, and the annexation would incorporate the necessary infrastructure.
“Thank you all for being here,” Mayor Carlton Stevens told the audience at the end of the meeting. “Bring your family and friends next time. Let’s pack the room out.”