Huntsville eyes ‘TVA Megasite’ status for 1 500acre farm in Limestone… — Volkswagen 1500

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Huntsville eyes ‘TVA status for 1,500-acre farm in County

Volkswagen strongly building its first U.S. plant on a 1,500-acre site the corner of Greenbrier Road and Old 20 in Limestone County. The City of is interested in having the property as a TVA Megasite for large-scale manufacturing. Huntsville Times/Michael Mercier)

Alabama — When officials toured the 1,500-acre farm in eastern Limestone in 2008, the property had yet to be studied for contamination and a host of other hidden problems.

We told we could have power to by a certain date, but we couldn’t them all the facts about the Huntsville Mayor Tommy recalled Wednesday.

Volkswagen ended up building its U.S. automotive plant at a in Chattanooga, Tenn. that had painstakingly vetted by an army of engineers and consultants.

Chattanooga, than Huntsville, reaped the benefits of a $1 billion factory employs 2,700 people out VW’s Passat sedan. 800 high-paying jobs are being as part of an expansion announced month .

With Audi and both reportedly on the lookout for manufacturing sites, Battle and economic development officials are to get the Sewell farm back in

Last fall, the city quietly gathering data to have the Greenbrier Road certified as a Tennessee Valley Megasite — the program helped Chattanooga land VW.

In the city hired former Planning Director Dallas as a $200-an-hour consultant to assist the effort. It is also paying the Waggoner Sumner and Cannon firm $212,000 to produce topographical maps of the Sewell which was annexed into the several years ago..

Shane Davis, Huntsville’s of urban development, said he to submit a request for Megasite in the next 60 days.

The McCallum site selection firm Greenville, S.C. would comb through the Sewell to see if it qualifies. Davis said he to have an answer by late

Megasite status essentially a stamp of approval that the is development-ready, Davis said

Five of the eight industrial certified by TVA since the program have sold.

VW bought in Hemlock Semiconductor chose Tenn. north of Nashville. went to Tupelo, Miss. truck manufacturer PACCAR and which specializes in recycled both settled in Columbus,


Megasites remain on the market in Ky. and Stanton, Tenn. half an east of Memphis.

The lone TVA in Alabama — located off 65 about six miles south of — lost its certification the owners declined to renew an agreement with the Limestone Economic Development Association.

Tom the association’s president, said he is much in support of the Sewell becoming a Megasite.

Although would feel the most economic impact as the rolling is transformed into a manufacturing Hill said at least of the labor force would from Limestone County.

It’s going to be a huge area, he said Thursday. I Huntsville sees that and is being proactive so they’ll be for opportunities when they along.

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Huntsville Director of Development Shane Davis

said the Megasite program a slew of studies to ensure the Sewell property is environmentally and clean. Water pressure, the characteristics of the soil and master for road and utility upgrades also be part of the report.

envisions two major roads a four-lane divided boulevard Greenbrier Parkway and a proposed between I-65 and I-565 meeting strategically at the Sewell

Also, Davis said Southern has a preliminary design to add service to the site.

Battle said getting TVA status would put Huntsville in a better negotiating position if a manufacturer again shows in the Sewell farm.

If you can answer all questions, he said, you’re a ahead of other communities.

The label makes companies comfortable with the site and the that they’re making, Cherry, president and CEO of the Huntsville-Madison Chamber of Commerce, said

It’s basically certifying a vast majority of the variables could impact the company’s to build on that site been addressed, said

The city’s Industrial Development has been paying the Sewell $300,000 a year to keep the under option for future use. The current option in December, but Davis said the two are negotiating a possible extension 2014.

We’re confident we’ll get he said. The Sewell family has fantastic through this

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