With an eye to the future, the Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) purchased 82-acres of land on NC Highway 43, adjacent to the Highway 264 Bypass, for relocating the Operations Center. The Board of Commissioners voted to purchase the land at its April 21, 2016 meeting.
“This is the first step in a multi-year process to relocate the Operations Center,” said General Manager / CEO Tony Cannon. “As we serve our growing community, the new location provides opportunity for growth and expansion of our Operations Center facilities, easy access to our service area, and is not susceptible to flooding.”
Hurricane Matthew reminded GUC how vital it is that the Operations Center be relocated from its 801 Mumford Road location. Flooding caused GUC to completely move out of the existing Operations Center on Mumford Road to avoid major damage. “Matthew confirmed the need to plan for an accessible site to protect our assets so that we can continue to provide our life-sustaining services to our customers no matter what the weather.”
GUC spent two years searching for a new location for the Operations Center. After a thorough review of available properties, the Highway 43 West site was determined to best meet GUC’s current and long-term needs.
Similar to GUC’s current location, the new Operations Center will house engineering, human resources, finance, field and operations staff, and other related functions. The concept plan incorporates contemporary looks and natural screening for appealing aesthetics and a low impact on its surroundings.
The Board of Commissioners authorized GUC to enter into a contract to purchase the land with certain contingencies for $3,750,000.00. GUC closed on the property in March, and anticipates the project will be complete in 2020.
Ariel views of GUC's Operation Center during the Hurricane Floyd Flood event of 1999.
Conceptual drawing of the proposed Operations Center.
Location of the property.