The new Ingles in Boger City is set to break ground at any time.
At recent meetings of the Lincolnton City Council, it was announced by Planning Director Laura Simmons that the Asheville-based grocery chain had obtained a building permit on Jan. 9 to begin construction.
Simmons said planning staff had been informed by company officials that the typical construction period should last roughly eight months.
Lincolnton Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter told the Times-News on Friday that other than the company receiving a valid building permit, he had no updates regarding the status of Ingles at this time, saying construction could â€œstart anytime they choose.â€
This comes after months of delay due to negotiations with CSX Railroad, whose track is located just south of the former textile mill property in Boger City that Ingles acquired a few years ago.
As the Times-News previously reported, the grocery chainâ€™s plans for the site were initially stalled due to talks on the CSX right of way. In December, Simmons reported to council members that she had been notified that Ingles had received approval from CSX for stormwater-related encroachments in the right of way.
At the time, she also said construction was set to get under way in March or April. Simmons has since said the store should be up sometime this year.
Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland took the opportunity to address the issue during his recent â€œState of the Cityâ€ speech, saying the status of the project is what he receives the most phone calls about from citizens. He additionally noted that Ingles should be opened before 2013.
Representatives from Ingles did not immediately respond to calls from the Times-News in relation to this article.