Ed Walker, chairman of The Development Authority of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, announced some good news during Monday morning’s board meeting.
“There has been significant activity with Project Snowflake,” Walker told several board members. “In fact, they are actually here, today. They've been here twice in the past two weeks.”
The name of the company and other information, such as how many employees might be hired if the company decides to actually come to Milledgeville and Baldwin County, has not been made public at this time.
Until then, the company will continue to be referred to as “Project Snowflake.”
Walker also announced that he had a draft of an abatement scheduled that had been revised with revised dates.
“We’ve been exchanging some email back and fourth, knowing that they would be visiting today (Monday),” Walker said. “There is a tremendous amount of interest there. There are just a few things that they need to resolve that are pretty much out of our control, but again, there’s a tremendous amount of interest, so it shows some promise.”
When Dr. Noris Price, one of several board members who attended the meeting asked what site the company was interested in Walker said, the Mohawk building.
Officials with Mohawk announced back in August that they would be closing their facility in Milledgeville by the end of October, thus idling approximately 200 employees.
“They're (officials with Project Snowflake) interacting with Mohawk,” Walker said. “The little bit of a challenge is it is a little smaller than Rheem, so they need to buy additional property, and that’s what they’re working through.”
Walker emphasized again that Project Snowflake was showing some promise.
The development authority chairman also informed board members that the group has had two recent inquiries concerning projects. One of them is for industrial building and the other one for industrial space - 15-20 acres in which to build a 75,000-square foot building.
Walker said one of the things mentioned was whether or not they subdivide the Daniels’ site or was there other property that they might be able to offer as an alternative to the Daniels’ site.
“There’s also a gentleman in the community that wants to purchase that sliver at 111 Industrial Drive, but he only wants one acre of property there to build a business, ” Walker said. “It butts up against the golf course and is basically a very narrow sliver. But it’s eight acres, total.”
Walker said there was little road frontage there, though.
“And I reminded him that there is not much road frontage there, but he said that is not a challenge,” Walker said.
The chairman said there was nothing that could be done with the property as it was.
“We could try to make him a deal to take all of it, but it butts up against the remaining tract,” Walker said. “So, that’s out there as well.”
Greg Tyson, who serves as treasurer of the DAMBC, asked whether that was property owned by the DAMBC in the park.
Walker informed him that was correct.
The chairman said he received a telephone from Baldwin County Manager Carlos Tobar about a local businessman wishing to purchase some property from the county.
Kevin Brown, who serves as attorney for the DAMBC board, said he didn’t know whether they had jumped through all of the hoops to get all the covenants in place, as far as Phase II was concerned.
“We did Phase III, which is the new part on the Daniels’ site,” Brown said. “Phase II, we have to go back to the businesses that are there.”