A pre-construction meeting was held Monday, October 26, 2015 to bring everyone up to date on the fate of the City of Ashland’s Industrial Park entrance. Present at this meeting was Mayor Larry Fetner, Council members Beckie Boddie, Gail Thompson, and Bobbie Steed, Police Chief Joseph Stanford, City Maintenance Crews members, Ashland Water employees, and East Alabama Gas Representatives. Also present were Representatives from Webb Utilities, ALDOT, EDC’s Terry Meek and Irving Thompson, and Nelson & Company Engineering Firm.
In this meeting, ALDOT expressed their reason for terminating the proposed main entrance in the center of the property, that had already been cleared several months ago. ALDOT Representatives stated since they had not received any long-range plans as requested, which would include a full-billed out design and possible traffic impact study for this project, no permit would be issued.
ALDOT did however agree for the work to continue on the existing gravel service road on the north end, which will now be used as the main entrance. The potential funding for the construction of the entrance will come from state funding in the amount of $300,000.
Previously, the city swapped the Industrial Board a strip of property so that an entrance could be constructed. In return, the EDC ( Economic Development Council) would use that strip of property to construct a building for the EDC , which would also house a Chamber of Commerce Office as well. The projected cost of this building will be approximately $120,000.
Pending the completion of the main entrance, The EDC building will be erected on the South side corner of the property further back, leaving the biggest majority of frontal property in the Industrial Park as a prime location for any potential retail/Industry.