Apex company gets approval for firing range

CUMBERLAND COUNTY TigerSwan has started building the first of seven firing ranges on leased property 10 miles south of Fayetteville.

The paramilitary security and training company says the property will be part of a military training school.

Homeowners' efforts to shoot down the plans failed Thursday evening when the Cumberland County Board of Adjustments' five member panel could not get a majority consensus a homeowner groups' appeal, which means TigerSwan can continue building the firing range and training centers on the 250 acres of land.

The board voted 3-2 to overturn TigerSwan's permit, but four members have to be in favor to make a change.

In June, the county approved the company's site plan, but adjacent property owners filed an appeal arguing the firing range was a safety and environmental risk and didn't meet the county's zoning definition of a being a school.

But TigerSwan's CEO, James Reese, told the adjustment panel Thursday night that the company's site plan had been approved by the county, and the company had all its necessary environmental and safety permits.

An attorney for the homeowners says they'll consider appealing Thursday's decision in court, while Reese says he hopes to talk with homeowners and ease their concerns.

"The next move would be a petition to the superior court to review the whole case on the record," attorney Robin Currin said.

"We have been out there we have been trying to engage the community," Reese said. "We know there will be some people that will not like us, I understand, but you know we are a service disabled vet owned small business we are Cumberland County, we are from here."

The range, set to open next month, is located just off of NC 210 in eastern Cumberland County.

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