County scales back project in park

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County is scaling down its request for a 2015 capital project creating a 200-acre shovel-ready site to a 100-acre site, and is targeting it for the Tryon property.

County Planning Director James Mraz made that request to county supervisors recently at the County Office Building.

“It was revising a request I put in before,” he said Thursday.

Mraz made the request for a scaled down shovel-ready site as a $75,000 capital project to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee.

The Planning Department previously submitted a 2015 capital project involving a 200-acre site the county was trying to develop for future business. This was a $150,000 project to prepare one of the 200-acre tracts of land Fulton County has identified into a possible shovel-ready site.

But Mraz last week recommended the 2015 capital project be revised to create only 100 acres of shovel-ready land, and the site would be at the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center in Perth. He said that site consists of about 240 acres of developable land. He said the “premier” area of Tryon is about 100 acres located along the eastern side of the access road – proposed as County Highway 117 – entering the site.

To make this tract of land shovel-ready, Mraz said four segments of work need to be done. They are: have the county Demolition Team demolish six buildings, select cutting of trees, site work, and do a geotechnical evaluation.

Mraz said the project would now cost $75,000 and no additional funds are required.

He said the county has been working on a final analysis involving potential 200-acre sites in the county. But he said it has been on holding pending completion of another economic development initiative that may not be completed “well into next year.” He said the Tryon project can be readied at a quicker pace.