EDA preps for more site work in KellytonPublished 7:38pm Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance recently submitted an application calling for further development to the Kellyton Industrial Park.
The EDA submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Mobile District calling for development on a wetlands site near the industrial park located south of U.S. Highway 280 near the eastern border of Coosa County.
“On the south side of the back side of that industrial park, we found that we had some issues as far as wetlands,” said Don McClellan, executive director of the LMAEDA.
“This application is to mediate or set aside that area, and it will not be disturbed, so that we can do clearing and grading to prepare lots for companies or prospects that we would like to attract here.”
In its application, the EDA states “site development will bring much-needed employment opportunities to an area that has undergone a marked decrease in jobs during the preceding years.”
The EDA is seeking authorization for the discharge of fill material into waters of the U.S. in association with the planned site, known as Kellyton Industrial Park (KIP) Phase II.
According to a joint public notice by the Corp of Engineers and Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the initial site plan for KIP Phase II would result in impacts to 2.02 acres of wetland, 867 linear feet of perennial stream, and 1,980 linear feet of intermittent stream.
However, alterations to the site plan including reducing the building size and changing its orientation among others, in the EDA’s new submittal show a net decrease in impact to waters of the U.S. to 768 linear feet of perennial stream, 602 linear feet of intermittent stream, and 1.69 acres of wetlands.
“The initial phase of that park, which was about 80 acres, is pretty much full except for one small lot,” McClellan said. “When we began looking at some other areas to clear, then we had to make sure that we didn’t disturb anything that we would be sorry for in the future.”
Overall, McClellan said the goal is to receive authorization to have the site ready for a new building.
“Basically, the city, county and the EDA started looking at clearing some land, so we would have something site ready – not just a lot with trees and a green-field site for something that had been graded but pretty much ready for somebody to come in and start building,” McClellan said.