140-acre industrial park proposed in Sanford

A new industrial park is being proposed in Sanford, across the street from a popular subdivision.

140-acre industrial park proposed in Sanford

Sanford is proposing a new industrial park.

South Carter Industrial Park would cover 142.71 acres and be located along N.C. Highway 87, across from the Carolina Trace Subdivision. The proposal has been submitted to the Sanford/Lee County/Broadway Technical Review Committee. This committee will review the project on May 25, 2019.

The park is to be divided into eight parcels according to preliminary plans. In February, the land was rezoned to allow industrial development.

Mark Lyczkowski is the developer of this project. He has been active in Lee and Chatham Counties. When the property was rezoned in Sanford, Lyczkowski informed the Sanford City Council he was in talks with Samet Corp. from Greensboro about developing the land similar to Central Carolina Enterprise Park.

Lyczkowski has not responded to a comment request on this story.

The application is sparse in details, since the TRC process is the first step developers in Lee County take when proposing projects. The project may be reviewed by the Sanford City Council and the Lee County Board of Commissioners at a later time for approval or rejection.

Sanford, in particular for industrial development, is one of Greater Triangle's hottest submarkets. The City Council approved the rezoning of more than 600 acres to industrial development west of Raleigh Executive Jetport last year. Work is set to begin soon on the first building in the park.

After years of high demand, the Triangle warehouse market has started to ease. The vacancy rate in the Triangle's warehouse market surpassed 5 percent for first time since 2004.