A multipurpose event center could come to Tobaccoville

TABACCOVILLE, NC (WGHP) — Samantha Rycoft could hardly contain her excitement about the multipurpose agricultural center project that could come to Tobaccoville, a place she has called home for the past two decades.

“I think it’s a good idea. More people are doing things outside since COVID. There has to be more for people to do. There has to be more to offer on this side of town” , she said.

Forsyth County officials are considering a new plan for an events center that would be built on nearly 200 acres of county-owned land.

The site would be accessible from Doral Drove and is on what the county calls Rolling Hills Property.

“The place will continue to grow. More business will come around. More stuff for the kids. It’s a good thing,” said neighbor James Landing.

It’s a different tone from a few months ago, when many of Clemmons’ neighbors spoke out against an event center inside Tanglewood Park.

Many believed the installation would increase traffic and negatively impact wildlife and the community.

“A lot of people said they weren’t in favor of it. We don’t want to put an event center where people don’t want to have it,” said Don Martin, vice chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

The $5 million project would include a 50,000 square foot facility with an area for stables. parking and offices for staff.

“The purpose of this meeting is to see what people think about it,” he said.

We spoke to neighbor Linda Davis after the first public information session ended.

“I think there is an interest and a concern… about traffic and noise, but also an interest that this project would preserve agricultural land and would certainly be… a better use of this space than industrial development or commercial,” Davis said.

The second of two public information meetings will be held on March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alice Watts Tuttle Community Center in the Village of Tobaccoville.

Joseph K. Bennett