|Demolition, renovation plans under way to attract industry|
A trackhoe, right, is part of the equipment being used in demolition operations at the former North American Housing manufacturing facility now owned by the Town of Boones Mill. The piles of steel trusses and other debris will be sold as scrap metal to be recycled.
Monday, February 18, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Work on the former North American Housing manufacturing facility, now owned by the Town of Boones Mill, continues to move forward.
The town's goal is to renovate the facility to attract a mix of businesses and manufacturers on the 62-acre property, according to Boones Mill Town Manager Lynn Frith.
Demolition of two of the buildings in the complex that are structurally unsound is expected to be completed within the next 60 to 90 days.
"Once that is done, we can begin on Phase II of the development of the industrial park, which includes a renovation and design of facilities to meet industrial prospects' needs," Frith said.
The demolition work was funded by $100,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Frith said $85,000 was used to pay for the demolition and the remaining $15,000 will be used for the development of a master plan for the design and renovation work in the industrial park at 359 Boones Mill Road.
"It's a slow process," noted Frith, "because we are sorta doing a lot of the work on a 'pay as we go' plan."
Three small businesses are already housed in the industrial park with the town receiving rental income from them. The three firms are R.J. Trucking, SML Garbage Collection and a boat storage business run by a private citizen.
Also, the town has sold the second model home that was on the property when it was owned by North American Housing.
"So we are getting some revenue from the property," Frith said.
The town purchased the North American Housing complex for $350,000 in early 2011 with a low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The property -- assessed for tax purposes at $2.9 million -- includes multiple buildings that have a total of 200,000 square feet.
"The big thing we want to do is create jobs," Frith said.