The Etowah County Commission on Tuesday awarded a "mass grading project" bid to Waites Construction of Talladega for work that should make the Little Canoe Creek Mega Site more attractive for industries. The $1,744,713 bid will include construction of a 60-acre pad at the site, as well as a new railroad crossing at the property the county is working to market to industrial prospects. Economic Development Director Marilyn Lott said the work will make the site more attractive to business.
Eventually, she said, a total of $2.7 million will go into site preparation at the mega site — an investment that will save an industry locating at the site time and money, which should encourage industries to consider the location.
"It's really got to help our site be much more competitive," Lott said.
The pad that will be constructed with this bid totals 2 million square feet. Some of the state's automotive plants have a a footprint of about 4 million square feet.
Lott said industries looking at Little Canoe Creek will find a site that's halfway there.
She said ground will soon be broken on the project.
Chief Administrative Officer Shane Ellison said the county can look at expanding the pad by about 10 acres with funding that will remain for the project.