Citizens voice concerns to BOS over Red Sun Farms worker housing



Matters got heated early into the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night, as the board discussed a petition by the county to amend a section of their Zoning Ordinance.

The specific request was to clarify the definition for “Dwelling Commercial Apartment,” and add the use to the Planned Industrial District (PID) as a Special Use Permit. Interim Community Development Director Danny Wilson gave the presentation, which concerned the housing for employee trainers, who will come in from out of the country for the upcoming Red Sun Farms out of Mexico.

According to Wilson, as Pulaski County recruits international companies, there is a need for housing on site for trainers and workers who come to the county to assist with startup operations. For Red Sun Farms, a maximum of 40 workers will be provided for by on site housing.

The proposed definition for that section specified that the building should be subordinate to the main property usage, and located on the same property, while only one building can be constructed per business. The proposition also included other requirements, which specified that the building could reach a maximum height of two stories, and a maximum size of 5,000 square feet.

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8 Responses to Citizens voice concerns to BOS over Red Sun Farms worker housing

  1. So Disappointed

    March 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    So, in other words, there goes all the jobs that were promised to be coming into the county to help our economic situation.

    They will bring this group in, let them work and rotate them out every six months or so.

    I’m very disappointed that our county leaders didn’t look into this a littl further.

  2. Va Girl

    March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    The housing is for trainers/workers who will ASSIST in getting the plant running. Let’s not start off by making the company regret putting it’s plant in Pulaski! What’s wrong with you people?

    If you’ll recall the plant is bringing over 200 jobs to the county….not 40.

  3. James B

    March 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Who in the world would object to some folks living here temporarily in order to help set up a new business and industry. A perfect example of people with nothing better to do than complain about something that is none of their business.

  4. E.W. Harless

    March 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Think of the cost to build housing for 40 people along with a place to feed them.Now if it was going to be for trainers for a short time why not cut a deal with the four motels we have in Dublin. Case in point, it is not for a short time and that’s ok but be straight with the people in this County.The people posting comments should take the time to attend the BOS meetings and not hide behind a post and be afraid of someone knowing your name. I was there where you. Very sad

  5. Michael

    March 27, 2014 at 1:16 am

    So, if Volvo wants to build a building to house trainers that come from Mexico, will the BOS cowtail to Volvo. The decision can cause a lot of problems down the road.
    When the company announced it was coming to Pulaski Co , they said they were going to hire local workers. Boy, it does not seem like it now.

  6. So Disappointed

    March 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Maybe some of the ones posting should go take a look at the actual site. Let’s wait and see if they ACTUALLY hire the 200 that were promised.

  7. Lola

    March 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    If it is not costing tax payer dollars, is providing temporary jobs from the construction side and will pump money into area restaurants and such, what is the problem? Trainers are already hired employees of the company, that number is not to be subtracted from the 200 promised. They won’t hire area people as trainers. A little common sense goes a long way. Some people jsut like to moan and complain.

  8. E.W. Harless

    March 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I might be wrong and I hope I am. I think it is 200 jobs over five years.How do you really know what it is costing the taxpayers. Just look at the debt service at the park and who paid for the water line that came from RADFORD yes from RADFORD.I will moan and complain as long as I pay taxes.One thing for sure I do pay taxes.Now let’s spend some money on Dublin El School and get the kids out of the trailers.

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