Two Mega Developments in Chatham County

Pittsboro, NC – Two developments on opposite ends of Chatham would change the landscape and the economic character of the county. What do you think about it?

Chatham/Randolph Megasite

On the west side of the county, just past Siler City, is the Chatham/Randolph Megasite. It’s a huge tract of land suitable for automobile manufacturing.

Yes, autos. Right here in North Carolina.

South Carolina has auto manufacturing (BMW). Tennessee has Nissan and VW. Alabama has 4 car plants.

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Southeast Auto Manufacturing Map adapted from

North Carolina has no automobile manufacturing, so this is big news. The site is being pre-qualified as we’d say in real estate by Duke Energy. Car factories use a lot of energy, and availability of resources is a big plus for this site.

The Chatham/Randolph megasite is just north of the Siler City Airport and covers more than 1,700 acres. A small portion crosses into Randolph County, hence the name.

A typical auto plant might employ a couple of thousand workers when it gets up to full speed. But competition is fierce, both from other NC sites and across the region.

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Chatham Park

On the eastern side of the county, right here in Pittsboro, plans are being made for a development called Chatham Park.

If you think the Megasite was huge, Chatham Park will knock your socks off – more than 7,000 acres.

Chatham Park would occupy the land to the east of Pittsboro – between the town and Jordan Lake.

Map from Preston Development.

Chatham Park is designed as a live-work-play community – an extension of RTP around the west side of Jordan Lake. But with housing. Lots of housing. Potentially 50,000 people.

Current population of Pittsboro: 3,781. Another 2,983 in the ETJ (outside of town). So, less than 7,000 people no matter how you count it.

So have called it the Cary-fication of Pittsboro. Reinforcing that idea, Preston Development is a Cary company backed by Dr. Jim Goodnight, the founder of SAS.

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What Do You Think?

What do you think about these two developments bookending Chatham County?