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Development tops Hinesville agenda
Paul Simonton1
Paul Simonton
The Hinesville City Council focused on development, and worked with local police and fire departments to broaden their services.
Anna Chafin, a representative from the Liberty County Development Authority, announced the new Target regional distribution center in Midway is nearing completion.
“After years of hard work and dedication, we’ll soon have this new 1.5 million sq. ft. Target center in Liberty County, which will create jobs and further fuel our economy,” Chaffin said.
In this venture, the LCDA has collaborated with IDI real estate firm to also develop more than 130 acres at Tradeport East, which will create an international point of entry for business to import and distribute their goods, Chaffin said.
“With the ability to reach all the major population centers in the Southeastern U.S., including Miami, within a one-day truck drive, Tradeport East is an ideal location for companies looking to consolidate their East Coast import and distribution operations into a single facility or a multiple-facility campus,” Sean Fitzsimmons, the IDI Director of National Business Development, said.
In other news
• Consulting engineer Paul Simonton updated the council on the progress of the multi-million dollar wastewater treatment plant.
“The construction of the plant is moving along smoothly, and we are currently on schedule to complete the plant, and be ready for operation by July 1,” Simonton said.
• Grant Coordinator Clarenda Stanley helped invest more money into the $7.3 million Azalea Street redevelopment project.
The project consists of building new homes for low and moderate-income individuals, and to keep displacement low, the Azalea Street residents have the option to buy the property first, Stanley said.
She further explained the funding is coming from the city, City Development Building Grants, CHIP funds and DCA grants.
• To aid the Hinesville Police Department, the council approved the bidding of eight Crown Victoria police interceptor vehicles at $21,500 a piece.
• City Manager Billy Edwards, Fire chief Lamar Cook and Fire Marshal Rick Perryman have collaborated on extending fire inspection service to the three schools outside the Hinesville city limits, including Liberty County High School, Midway Middle School and Liberty Elementary School.
The formal request came from the Liberty County Board of Education, which the city council granted.
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