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Grifols Expansion, Hunt Annexation Approved at Nov. 7 Meeting


The Clayton Town Council approved a big expansion at Grifols, expanded the Town by 45 acres, saluted Town employees for their military service and more at the Nov. 7 meeting.

Here are the details:

Grifols Expansion Special-Use Permit Approved

Following a public hearing, the Town Council approved a special-use permit for Grifols to construct a building that exceeds our 50-foot height maximum. The global biopharmaceutical company plans to build a 71.6-foot tall plasma fractionation plant at its facility off U.S. 70 Business.

Grifols is a multinational company and there was a lot of competition for which location would get the plant, said Timothy Hamm, Grifols’ senior director of validation and site development, who was on hand to answer any questions from the Town Council.

“We’re growing again at Grifols, and we’re really glad to have the opportunity to expand here at the Clayton site," Hamm said.

The new plant will encompass more than 82,000 square feet. Plasma fractionation is the process of extracting the different proteins found in blood plasma for use in therapeutic and life-saving medicines. Grifols will construct the new plant next to its existing plant, which is one of the largest fractionation facilities in the world.

The Town of Clayton Fire Department, which will provide fire coverage to the new plant, reviewed the proposal and has no issue with the height of the building. The Planning Board reviewed the request Sept. 26 and recommended it for approval.

Hunt Property (N.C. 42 East Mixed-Use Development) Annexed

The Council held a trio public hearings on voluntary annexation requests from three developments located on land commonly known as the Hunt Property. That land totals 45.75  acres and is located on the corner of N.C. 42 East and Glen Laurel Road. Last December, the Town Council approved rezoning and a master plan for the development.

The Hunt property has been broken into three pieces for separate development, and their annexations were heard and considered separately. None of the annexations drew comment from the public or Council.

The planned developments annexed Monday are:

  • The Pines at Glen Laurel: A 240-unit apartment complex on 20 acres submitted by The Pines at Glen Laurel LLC. The plans call for a clubhouse, pool, 10 three-story apartment buildings and 512 parking spaces. The Planning Board approved the site plan Dec. 28, 2015.
  • Glen Laurel Self-Storage: A self-storage operation on 4.98 acres submitted by Tellico Greens LLC. The plans call for one three-story building and two one-story building for a total of 120,900 square feet. The Planning Board approved the site plan Dec. 28, 2015.
  • The Shoppes at Glen Laurel: A 21.32-acre commercial and retail development. Petition of annexation submitted by The Shoppes at Glen Laurel LLC. The owner has yet to submit a site plan for Planning Board approval.

Mitchiner Hills Resident Speaks Out

Samuel Banks, of 46 Cape Court in the Mitchiner Hills neighborhood, thanked the Town Council for quickly handling an issue he had raised at a previous meeting – a water leak on Mial Street. While he had the floor, Banks went on to say Town staff had been slow to investigate concerns he had with flooding in his backyard. The matter is urgent, Banks said, because the warranty on his home will expire in January.

Town of Clayton Workers Saluted for Service

Ahead of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Town Council will took time to honor Town of Clayton employees who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Staff gave a presentation featuring photos of our employees in their uniforms and a few details about their service. Afterward, Mayor Jody McLeod presented employees with a certificate thanking them for military service.

Click here to see the presentation.

FEMA Relief for Hurricane Matthew

The Town Council adopted a resolution requesting disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the N.C. Division of Emergency Management for costs the Town incurred related to Hurricane Matthew - including the Town's preparation for, response during and clean up after the storm.

The Town does not know whether funds will be made available, but the resolution positions the Town to get money if it does.

Request to Close a Block of First Street on Nov. 23

The Council granted permission for One Compassion to close the block of West First Street between North O'Neil and North Fayetteville streets - which is located behind the historic North Carolina Paper Co. building - on Wednesday, Nov. 23 from noon to 9 p.m. The group plans to serve hot meals to needy families and first responders from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

One Compassion is the nonprofit arm of the companies partnering to renovate and occupy the North Carolina Paper Co. Building: One27Homes, Dakno Marketing and Jaclyn Smith Properties.

Next Work Session is Nov. 21

The Town Council's next regularly-scheduled work session is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Town Council Chambers of The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

We post a preview of each meeting a few days in advance on and the Town of Clayton's Facebook page.

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