The Jackson County Industrial Development Authority voted last week to ask the board of commissioners to give back four acres in the Commerce 85 Business Park previously donated to the county for a fire/EMS station.
“That’s (the fire/EMS station) not going to happen now,” the IDA’s attorney Daniel Haygood explained last Friday morning. “We want to request that it be conveyed back to the IDA.”
The reason, explained chairman Scott Martin, is that the developer of the park, Rooker & Associates, has a prospect for a site in the park that would include the four-acre tract.”
“This would help in being able to deal with them,” Martin said.
However, board of commissioners chairman Tom Crow called it “misinformation” that the fire/EMS station will not be built.
“They seem to think that because a station is being built on the south side of Commerce, there is not going to be one on the north side,” he said. “That is not the case.”
County manager Kevin Poe told the IDA that the county can look at alternate sites for the future fire/EMS station instead of tying up the property.
Crow agreed. “If they’ve got a customer…” he noted.
For the full story, see the March 26 issue of The Commerce News.
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