LINK postpones industrial park info session

Staff Writer

The Golden Triangle Development LINK announced Monday it has postponed a public information session to unveil plans for a $14 million industrial park in Oktibbeha County until cost elements have been fully vetted.
The meeting was scheduled for Friday at East Mississippi Community College, but no reschedule date has been set.
“As has long been discussed between the LINK and City of Starkville and Oktibbeha County, the maximum budget contemplated for the proposed new industrial park is $14 million,” states a LINK press release. “ The LINK team has been working with engineers, utility companies, landowners and others involved in the project to complete some preliminary due diligence on the property, as well as the design and service capabilities of the contemplated new industrial park to ensure (1) that the park can be designed and constructed within the proposed $14 million budget, and (2) that the new park, based upon such design and budget, will be capable of providing the amenities and service levels necessary to attract and locate desirable manufacturers, warehousing and distribution operations and other such tenants that will create much needed new jobs and investment in the City and County.”
The LINK is continuing to gather cost elements for the industrial park and evaluate possible design alternatives, according to the release. The LINK said some cost estimates would require additional evaluation.
“Once finalized, such remaining cost estimates could require further changes to the design, scope and timing of the new park,” the LINK said. “As a result, the LINK has elected to postpone the briefing session slated for January 15 at 10:30 am until a later date to be determined following further review and analysis by the LINK of these outstanding cost and design matters.”
The LINK announced plans for the information session last week, noting that many stakeholders from the city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County had been invited. The LINK has been searching for land for a new industrial park after a proposed $10 million industrial park failed in the due diligence stage last year.
If plans for the new industrial park are finalized, the LINK will ask the Starkville Board of Aldermen and Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors to issue bonds to cover the cost of the project, with hope that the new park will recruit new industry to the area.