Orange County is in the process of developing a new detention center and agricultural facility in Hillsborough.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners designated 21 acres in the Hillsborough Highway 70/Cornelius Street area for the project.
Four sites were initially examined as possible options, but the Hillsborough land was determined to be the best location and financial option. The location’s access to Interstate 85 would allow for easier detainee transportation routes.
Because the land is currently designated as residential, the county has applied for future land-use and zoning amendments.
Without any preexisting structures, the county has free reign for the use of the land. Since the land is right next to adequate sewer and water services, there should not be much extra cost to the original financial plan.