GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Compute North, which put in an application to build a large-scale processing plant in the Belvoir area of Pitt County earlier this year, has announced it has pulled its application.
The Pitt County Commissioners were scheduled to meet Monday to hold further discussion about the facility. Many Belvoir residents voiced their concerns at the last commissioners meeting about the possible noise the plant would create. Compute North would have had nearly 90 modular data containers, which house computers. Each bin would need more than 10 fans to keep it cool and residents were worried about the sound it would give off.
Compute North met with commissioners and formally pulled its application. The company released a statement on Monday about its decision.
“After thoughtful review of our proposed data center facility in Pitt County, Compute North has decided that it is in the best interest of all stakeholders to pursue an alternative location for our project. We are confident in our ability to meet all county ordinances to ensure compliance and do have a genuine desire to contribute as a valuable member of the local economy. With support from our local partners, we remain optimistic about receiving approval to commence with building a new data center facility in Eastern North Carolina, bringing benefits to the local economy and power grid. Integrity is a core value at Compute North and our desire to be a good neighbor and valued member of the business community is authentic and unwavering.”
While the commissioners accepted the request inside, outside, people celebrated.
“My 6 year old son Solomon is part of the Belvoir Elementary district and I just could not have this set up right across from school and my neighborhood and have to stare at and listen to the 1,246 fans every day,” Belvoir resident Victoria Respess said. “I am just so pleased they decided to withdraw the permit.”
Other concerned community leaders said this decision was a group effort.
“We are very informed, the Belvoir community is very informed and very educated,” said Faye Boordeaux, another Belvoir resident. “They knew exactly what was happening. Because they were informed and educated, they were able to push back.”