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(CFact) Residents of a quiet, rural North Carolina community are about to be yanked into the zero-emissions automotive future.
Saying they are on a “tight schedule,” North Carolina officials have announced they will use eminent domain to buy and destroy 27 homes and five businesses, and will move a Baptist church to clear a path for Vietnamese EV startup manufacturer VinFast to build an automotive assembly and battery manufacturing plant in Chatham County.
Residents of Moncure and Merry Oaks find themselves in the crosshairs of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). In mid-August, NCDOT produced large maps showing the network of roads and highway interchanges that will have to undergo changes to improve access to the 2,150-acre Triangle Innovation mega-site where the EV plant will be located. Homes and businesses in the new right-of-way will have to go.
Lena Stone stands to lose four homes – hers and four rental properties – didn’t learn of the pending eminent domain action until mid-August, even though NCDOT wants to begin buying up properties this month.
“I was in shock. I cried all weekend,” she told Newsobserver.com (Aug. 23). “It’s going to change the whole community.” Residents were confronted with a fail accompli; their input was neither requested nor desired…Read the rest