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October 28, 2013

County, city OK business park study

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners Court agreed Monday to split the costs of a project to begin development of a “master plan” for the two major industrial park areas in Corsicana.

The action came at the court’s regular meeting Monday, following a presentation by Bill King, the new economic development director for the city and county.

The project will include studies of industrial property on Highway 31 east of Corsicana, and on Interstate 45 south of Corsicana.

King said the city had identified Adams Engineering of Tyler as the preferred vendor for the work after reviewing proposals from five firms that submitted qualifications.

Among the questions to be answered for both industrial locations in the first phase of the study is the feasibility of a rail spur to service industries located in the parks.

“Whether or not a rail spur would be feasible in either one of those properties, and if so, how much would it cost to develop,” King said.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Dick Martin agreed having the study done would be beneficial in efforts to work with the railroads, and other industrial prospects.

“A lot of companies that want to come in are really interested in seeing (a master plan),” Martin said.

King said Adams Engineering had good working relationships with the two railroads, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern, a benefit to the city and county in the study.

“They can at least get an answer,” King said. “It may not be the answer we’re looking for, but they can get the answer from them a lot more quickly.”

Corsicana City Manager Connie Standridge told commissioners there could be state and federal funding to help pay for building the spurs should that take place.

The city and county will share the costs of the study — $14,400 — on a 50/50 split.

The county’s share will be paid from funds due from the city for the time the economic development director’s position was vacant this summer.

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