Thursday, July 1, 2010
ASICS coming to park
By SUE WATSON
A $400,000 grant to three-lane Mt. Carmel Road in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park has opened the way for construction of a new warehouse across the road from Exel.
The Mississippi Development Authority is expected to announce this week the agreement with ASICS to construct a large warehouse and distribution center at the industrial park, according to Christine Lusteck with MDA.
A June 14 letter from Gov. Haley Barbour to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors announcing the grant award preceded a press release from MDA expected sometime this week.
“We have that $400,000 in place and another application to the Appalachian Regional Commission for $150,000 to do the whole project,” said Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
Zoning director Conway Moore confirmed her office received a large package of zoning plans from ASICS the third week of June.
It was earlier reported that ASICS America Corp. planned to build a 520,000-square-foot footwear distribution center on 38 acres in the park by next year. The center would employ as many as 200.
In related matters, supervisor George Zinn III reported to the board the new WIN Job Center is being furnished and partners are paying their money pledged to support the center. It will be located temporarily at Rust College on Rust Avenue behind the Beckley Center.
Zinn motioned that the board of supervisors authorize the chancery clerk, Chuck Thomas, to bill partners who have not yet sent checks for their contribution to the operation of the center. The motion passed unanimously, as well as a second motion for a board order for the county to pay its share.
In other business, the board:
• heard a concern from Grace Boatwright and Walter Bain concerning traffic entering Tara Oaks subdivision via their driveway. A sticking point in the past three years on the construction of a road to the subdivision has been a city ordinance that requires curb and gutters be installed on new roads and in new subdivisions, county board attorney Kent Smith said.
The city has not let the developers grandfather in a road without curbs and gutters that would be built to the subdivision, thus allowing a right of way for existing residents as well as lot buyers or owners who want to build a home in the Tara Oaks subdivision. Developers have said putting curbs and gutters in the area would run up the cost of construction and hurt their business.
The board of supervisors issued a moratorium on any new building permits in the subdivision until a road is built.
• heard a proposal from Brent Durham with Natur Chem to manage roadside vegetation on county road rights-of-way. He presented proposals for controlling brush, kudzu and grass with chemicals thus reducing the need for as many mowings by county crews. County road manager Larry Hall said kudzu management was the biggest job with about 30 to 40 percent of the county’s 1,000 miles of roads lined with the rapidly growing and climbing vine.
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