The Greene County Redevelopment Commission reported a busy array of 2012 activities to the county commissioners Tuesday morning.
An annual report, which numbered 55 pages and prepared on behalf of the Redevelopment Commission by attorney Marilyn Hartman, showed revenues for the year at $2,611,405 with expenses of $2,417,838
The fund balance on Dec. 31, 2012 was $735,684.
Redevelopment Commission President Hal Harp, of Worthington, says the group was actively engaged in a number of infrastructure projects within designated Economic Development Areas in WestGate at Crane Technology Park; the Indiana Rail Road Company's Hiawatha Yard project in Wright Township near Jasonville; and the State Road 54/U.S. 231/State Road 57 intersection (Lighthouse Junction) water line expansion project.
"We have been very busy," Harp said. "We're trying to get development in areas that don't have infrastructure and we've kind of been concentrating on WestGate because of the needs of I-69. But we definitely want to look at other communities. We are pretty well finished with that area down there (at WestGate)."
One major project in the WestGate Tech Park area was the landing of the $15.6 million Battery Innovation Center, Inc. ---- a state-of-the-art battery and research facility. Construction is under way on that facility, which is expected to open some time in the coming summer.
The Redevelopment Commission, which includes John Mensch, Ken Gremore, James Weimer, Brian Sparks, Eric Moody (a non-voting school district representative) and Harp, also coordinated the efforts of the Greene County Commissioners to assist in the financing and construction of a sewer collection system for the community of Scotland in Taylor Township.
In addition, they've assisted with the construction of the new Taylor Township Fire Department/Ambulance station located on property purchased by the Redevelopment Commission. Bids for the new fire station were awarded at this month's Redevelopment Commission meeting. Quantum General Contractors, Inc., of Indianapolis, were the low bidders on the general contracting work at $683,900. Graves Plumbing, Inc., of Switz City, was awarded the bid for Plumbing and HVAC work at $87,878 with Hef Services, Inc., of Terre Haute being awarded the electrical bid at $98,500.
Also, Harp pointed out that the Redevelopment Commission recognized the need for greater availability of water to assist with the development of the WestGate Tech Park work has begun on a water storage tank and water mains to serve the area.
This was accomplished with the cooperation of the WestGate at Crane Authority, Eastern Heights Utilities, Inc., and a zero-interest loan from the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC through the USDA Rural Development program.
The group has also assisted with the construction of several lift stations in the tech park area.
"We've got a couple of other projects that are in the works of people who are going to build on our properties," Harp said in pointing out there will be some representatives from Ranger Enterprises that will attend the next Redevelopment Commission meeting on Feb. 14 to talk about development in the Scotland Meadows Business Park (located in the tech park). "We're hopeful that we are going to start getting some buildings in that area."
He said Ranger has plans to construct a 50,000 square foot warehouse building.
The Redevelopment Commission also committed funds to assist with the formation of the new Greene County Regional Sewer District.
The group has purchased several parcels of property in the WestGate Tech Park/I-69 interchange area that will provide attractive sites for businesses to locate, Harp pointed out.
"We've had a lot of cooperation with the county (commissioners and county council) and we're hoping that we can move on with some other projects and try and get some more jobs. That's darn near the bottom line. That is what our goal is," he concluded.