“The federal government is considering moving its local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office from a Cary office park to a former Kroger supermarket on N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road.” reported Sloane Heffernan from WRAL News.
The debate rages onward. If you read the local online forums, neighbors and Cary residents are upset that a detention center is coming to their backyard – in a residential community.
But once you get the facts from the Town of Cary’s website, you’ll learn that “The type of use the Kroger site is being considered for would look like normal offices and, according to the spokesperson, blend into the community – no bars on windows, floodlights, sirens, etc.”
Local residents fear that criminals will be housed overnight, thus posing a threat to citizens’ safety. Officials refute that “There will be no beds, showers, food service or other facilities that would allow anyone to be detained overnight.”
What is the upside? Jobs and local revenue in property taxes. This building has been vacant for several years. And this proposal has been on the block for quite some time. I visted the neighboring tire store last year and was told that the old Kroger building was going to be some sort of Homeland Security project. I’d rather have something bringing in money than a vacant grocery store shell drawing dust.
The best upside is that this is one more reason to move to Apex.
What do YOU think?
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