With the original announcement in August, Austrian-based steel giant voestalpine already was planning for an expansion at the future Bartow County facility. The deal was signed for a stamped-metal plant employing 220 at the 700-acre industrial park on Cass-White Road, but simultaneously 17 acres were set aside for a possible expansion.
The purchase-option agreement was penned to reserve the additional property for purchase at $25,000 an acre by the end of 2016, but other details still are being hemmed out. Tuesday’s meeting of the Cartersville-Bartow County Joint Development Authority saw the approval of an amendment to the declaration easement for a future drainage ditch.
The item approved Tuesday amended language to allow negotiations for a mutual agreement on the location of the ditch at a later date. Currently, the location of the future ditch is specified in the agreement and voestalpine requested the agreement be altered to allow for changes in case there was a more cost-effective solution available in the future.
The second point of negotiation brought up by voestalpine Tuesday was a revision to language regarding future sewage lines. The proposed change would release voestalpine from incurring additional costs associated with the county sewage line if the future relocation of the drainage ditch incurs additional costs in the sewage installation.
With concerns about limited information available because of the issue’s many unpredictable factors, JDA members voted to table the issue in order to seek further insight on possible costs associated with the possibility of crossing the drainage ditch that may in the future be relocated.