SCDA Provides Update on Projects

The Stephens County Development Authority is providing updates on a couple of projects it has been involved with.

First, Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that Phase III grading work at Hayestone-Brady Business Park is complete.

Martin said that the grading work was designed to create a 50-acre site at the business park to help try to attract industries.

“Over the last 12 months, we have received several inquiries for 50 acres of leveled land,” said Martin. “It is hard to find leveled land in Stephens County. There were still some SPLOST dollars in the economic development pool of funds, so we did some additional grading at Hayestone-Brady Park.”

The Phase III grading work was completed 60 days ahead of schedule and on budget.

The total cost of the Phase III work is about $900,000.

As with previous work projects at Hayestone-Brady Business Park, this grading work was paid for with SPLOST funding.

Previously, Phases I and II of work at Hayestone-Brady Business Park, located on Highway 17 in Stephens County between Toccoa and Martin, consisted of getting needed utilities in place, building a road to connect the current Highway 17 to the future, four-lane Highway 17, and grading work at the site.

Meanwhile, Martin said that progress is also being made regarding the design of proposed major wastewater system enhancements.

In November, the Toccoa City Commission unanimously approved Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood of Atlanta, Georgia to design the project. It will involve designing approximately 55,705 feet of sewer line and about 10,000 feet of waterline to expand wastewater service down Big A Road and then south into industrial areas of the county, with the proposed water enhancements included to ensure adequate support for the sewer enhancements.

Martin said that local officials will soon receive a preliminary engineering report, or PER, on the project.

“With that PER, we will go to various funding sources to leverage the funding that we have with additional support, so we can get implementation right after the final design work is done sometime in July,” said Martin.

According to Martin, that preliminary engineering report will also provide more information as to how the project should proceed.

Stephens County and the city of Toccoa are paying for this design work with SPLOST V funds.

The city and county have each set aside $1 million out of SPLOST V receipts, for a total of $2 million, towards this project. Even without other funding sources, the city and county would still have $1.8 million in SPLOST funds saved towards the project. Martin said that could be put towards starting the project if it was so chosen.