Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America’s new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.
The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority, which is the development agent for Hall County in building out the industrial business park, approved the measure at a Friday morning meeting.
“There will be another item in the coming months to approve a road construction contract once the Authority has received bids for the project,” said Tim Evans, vice president of economic development at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t yet have dates set for those meetings, but we’ll be working in concert with Kubota’s construction and development of the new production facility ...”
Hall County is providing the infrastructure funding to the Authority to complete the road project, with the Board of Commissioners having approved the use of up to $3 million in special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VI funds, to pay for it.
“We have an estimated opinion of probable cost that is well below the $3 million and we expect the competitive bids for the road construction to also be below that maximum amount,” Evans said. “The county will be reimbursed for that capital investment in the (Gateway) infrastructure through lot sales on the park under the terms of the development agreement.”
The site for Kubota’s new facility, which represents a $100 million expansion and the addition of more than 600 jobs, according to company officials, has been cleared of trees.
Simpson Trucking and Grading of Gainesville has been awarded a contract by Kubota to grade the site, which should be done before the end of the year.
“We are pleased that work is staying local and providing construction jobs in the project,” Evans said.