Aerial View of N.C. 119 North Relocation/Asphalt Laying Complete – Mebane, NC
Aerial View of N.C. 119 South Relocation/Asphalt Laying Complete – Mebane, NC
A new Mebane hotel, planned for the intersection of Deerfield Trace and Spring Forest Drive near the Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites, is in the works.
Griffin Stafford Hospitality, a business development service based in Charlotte, which operates the Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites in Mebane, is set to open a Home2 Suites by Hilton near its two other hotels.
Home2 Suites is an all-suite extended-stay hotel, although it can be rented for nightly stays, as well. This hotel will be the second extended-stay hotel in Mebane, and the first, and only, on that side of town.
Doug Stafford, principal at Griffin Stafford Hospitality, explained his company’s role in the hotels in Mebane, as well as what prompted them to build another hotel close to the others.
“Typically, the brands that we tend to develop or acquire are in the Marriott or the Hilton family,” Stafford said. “What we focus on are the upper-midscale hotels, which are at the level of Hampton Inns or Fairfield Inn and Suites; we also operate upscale hotels like Hilton Garden Inns and Courtyard Marriots, so that’s our primary focus.”
Griffin Stafford Hospitality purchased the Hampton Inn from Parks Hospitality – the company that developed the hotel – in 2016. After the purchase, it spent $2 million on renovating the hotel. The company opened the Fairfield Inn & Suites in October 2018.
Each hotel has been extremely successful, which is, largely, what prompted Griffin Stafford Hospitality to want to build its third hotel in Mebane. Stafford said plans for the Home2 Suites have been in the works for a couple of years now, as the “growth in Mebane justifies it.”
“Mebane is a vibrant market and the location is pretty exceptional – it’s located right there on Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 and it’s not often that a community has two interstates right there in its front yard,” he said. “[There is] an excellent industrial base… Mebane has been blessed with significant growth in distribution centers, manufacturing and, in some cases, headquarters, so we saw all that. The quality of life there is exceptional as well, it’s hard to beat living and working in Mebane.”
The location was chosen, for one, because there was good land available there for it and, two, like their other hotels, it will sit on what is known as a “commercial demand generator” for hotel room nights, Stafford said. The businesses, plants, restaurants and services nearby are why the hotel is considered to be within a “commercial demand generator.”
Construction is tentatively planned to commence within 18 months from now, but it could begin sooner depending on how the pandemic recovery goes.
“Most of the recovery that we’re experiencing right now is because people are traveling for leisure purposes, having been locked up for a year or so, people are anxious to travel,” Stafford said. “But we’re also going to see some business travel return, as well. We think, as we get into the latter portion of 2021 and early portion of 2022, we’ll see a pretty robust increase in business travel.”
As of right now, the plans haven’t been approved by the City of Mebane, however, Stafford said the land is already zoned for a hotel space.
The company has also reached out to Mayor Ed Hooks and City Manager Chris Rollins to inform them of their plans, and have plans to be in contact with Planning Director Cy Stober very soon.
“At some point here in the near future, we’ll be going before the elected officials and the planning board to seek any approvals that we need for the hotel,” he said. “I’m hoping that we’ll get the approval that we need, just simply because it’s in line with the zoning.
Lotus Bakeries investing in NC facility expansion
MEBANE, NC. — Lotus Bakeries has announced plans to invest approximately $62 million to expand its production facility in Mebane by adding 111,000 square feet to the 225,000-square-foot facility. As part of the expansion, Lotus will add three new production lines and create up to 90 new jobs, the company said.
“We’ve done the research, and after considering the alternatives, we’re thrilled to expand our operations in North Carolina,” said Michelle Singer, general manager of Lotus Bakeries US. “Mebane provides our company a great location to manufacture our products while offering our skilled employees a rewarding and nice place to live.”
Lotus established the Mebane facility — it’s first in the United States — in 2017.
Founded in Lembeke, Belgium in 1932, Lotus Bakeries has expanded its operations worldwide and now has production facilities in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Sweden and the United States, and 21 sales organizations in Europe, America and Asia. The company’s products include cookies, cookie butter, ice cream and other snacks sold under the Lotus, Lotus Biscoff, Annas, Nākd and BEAR brands.
Lotus said it has been awarded a performance-based grant of $180,000 from the One North Carolina Fund (OneNC) to facilitate the expansion. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
June 2021 Aerial View – NC 119 North Relocation Project-Mebane, NC
June 2021 Aerial View of N.C. 119 South Relocation Project – Mebane, NC
A spark has caught, and the Carolina Core is on the cusp of something great.
“The Carolina Core is North Carolina’s next economic engine,” says Stan Kelly, President and CEO of Piedmont Triad Partnership.
Purpose and Vision at the Core. Public and private leadership in the Carolina Core is highly engaged and aligned on a vision for the future. The very formation of the Carolina Core is a result of regional partners coalescing around the area’s competitive assets to tell a collective story. Today, leaders in the Carolina Core come together to advance large development efforts that attract and retain the best talent and attract new companies that build out industry clusters. From Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, one of the nation’s foremost urban research parks, to Greensboro’s Tanger Center for Performing Arts and High Point’s downtown Catalyst Project, to the PTI Aerospace Center and Whitaker Park developments, community leaders have rallied around transformational projects for the good of the entire region and its future,” states NCCarolinaCore.com.
To learn more, visit NCCarolinaCore.com.
Latest Aerial View of N.C. 119 North Relocation Project – Mebane, NC
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MEBANE, N.C. — Mebane City Council has approved economic incentives for Lotus Bakeries.
City leaders approved $600,000 in cash grants plus, a max waiver of building permit and inspection fees worth $100,000. Leaders approved the incentives Monday night during their meeting.
Lotus Bakeries will invest $60 million and plans to create 86 new jobs at its current facility. The company makes little Lotus Biscoff cookies that airplanes give to passengers or you can buy them at the grocery store. They also make a variety of other products.
Carrie Hodgin (WFMY News 2 Digital)
CATES FARM COMMUNITY PARK OPENS NEAR MILL CREEK
Nestled just 100 yards from the Mill Creek community, Cates Farm Community Park is just a few miles from downtown Mebane off Hwy 119. The newly opened park sits on part of what was formerly the Swathmoor-Cates Family pickle farm.
Mebane acquired the 54-acre portion of the property from Unique Places LLC of Durham. Unique Places LLC agreed to sell the property to the city for less than market value, and work with the city to develop a “city within a park” destination that will benefit residents and visitors alike.
Unique Places says “with conservation easements in place to protect Mill Creek and other creeks that border the property, and the vision for conservation in place, this property holds tremendous potential as a natural, sustainable, open space area for the city and surrounding communities to enjoy for generations to come.”
The plans include wildflower fields, a full-sized disc golf course (the only one of its kind in the area) and more, in addition to the beautiful scenic walking trails currently open to the public. The Wildflower Loop is a half-mile winding trail, and the Forest Loop is a 1.25 mile hike into the woods, with markers every quarter mile along the walking path.
Questions about Cates Farm Park should be referred to the Mebane Recreation and Parks Department at (919) 563-3629.
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