The Town of Black Mountain Board of Aldermen unanimously voted Monday night to approve a motion requesting an Interstate 40 interchange at Blue Ridge Road.
The aldermen cited a growing need for the interchange because of increased delivery truck traffic from the Ingles Markets, Inc. warehouse expansion on U.S. Highway 70. They also said a major company wanted to build a facility in Black Mountain, but wanted an interchange at Blue Ridge Road.
“The reason I’m supporting this is there’s a good chance we could get a manufacturer in there, a beverage facility, that could provide 100 to 150 good jobs, not just minimum wage, but good jobs,” alderman Mike Sobol said.
Mayor Carl Bartlett, who met with the company and NCDOT officials, did not want to name them on the record, but said they were a major microbrewery based in California that wanted an East Coast brewery, distribution center, and restaurant. The facility is expected to bring $120 million in investment and up to 200,000 visitors per year.
Another brewery, New Belgium Brewing Company of Colorado, recently looked at Asheville for a similar operation.Read the full article