Vondersheide pointed out, “In talking about a 50,000 square foot shell building, we’re not talking about heavy manufacturing. You’re looking at more assembly, and Lot 31 would be a great place.”
Consultant Vicki Kellerman said, “Most of the leads we get are asking for a building that’s 50,000 square feet that’s expandable to 100,000 or 250,000 square feet.”
City council member Kevin Chaffee commented, “You have the existing commerce center. It makes sense to develop it and then use that to help the industrial park.” He also wondered if preparing a virtual building would be a possibility. That way a big expense wouldn’t be incurred.
Saner remarked, “People still prefer to see steel and mortar.”
Jim Dreyer asked if county commissioners had agreed to help fund upgrades to Merkel Road. Lambert said, “I did speak to a commissioner this week, and I am told they hope and plan to have a letter documented with their offer ready for Monday’s meeting.”
Saner added, “The shell building may be a risk if it’s too big or too small, but not doing something is a risk, too. It isn’t as much about the particular building as an invitation to visit our community.”
He also stressed, “Once the decision on the location is made, we need everyone to be behind it because job creation is very important.”
No specific timetable was given for a decision on the project.
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.