Governor: Current CSX Site Near Selma Does Not Appear To Be Viable

Will a CSX terminal be located in Johnston County or will it move elsewhere.  There are conflicting reports about where the terminal may go.

On Jan. 14th, CSX announced plans for a 450-acre intermodal terminal between Selma and Micro and near I-95.  Immediately after the announcement, railroad officials began approaching property owners to buy their land but reportedly found many did not want to sell. Some of the landowners turned to social media.  Less than a week later, on Jan. 20th, the Johnston County Board of Commissioners said they were pulling support for the project at the current site because of concerns raised by the property owners who did not want to sell their land and did not want to be forced to sell under the eminent domain law.   

(Left to right) Commissioners Jeff Carver, DeVan Barbour and Chairman Tony Braswell before the start of a meeting to discuss the CSX terminal on Jan. 20th.

Late Tuesday, Graham Wilson, a spokesperson for Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement saying, “Based on the vote of local officials as well as serious land issues, the current site in Johnston County does not appear to be a viable option. We will continue to work with CSX to explore alternative sites in order to create jobs and enhance our state ports.”

On Wednesday, CSX released a statement saying, “CSX is committed to this infrastructure project which will create jobs, deliver a distinct competitive advantage for large and small businesses, and spur economic development. We look forward to working with all interested stakeholders to address concerns and move the project forward.” 

The Selma site was the top site among 10 initially identified in NC for the project. 

Last Friday, Four Oaks Mayor Linwood Parker said he is working with the Johnston County Economic Development Office in an attempt to secure a potential site to offer to CSX as an option.  CSX officials said they are not involved in the land search near Four Oaks.