Batesville Economic Development Commission members voted on the location of the proposed shell building Jan. 17.
Andy Saner, Dennis Harmeyer, Lori Feldbauer, Bill Flannery and Gene Lambert all agreed the new industrial park at Lammers Pike and Merkel Road should be the point of focus.
Dale Meyer, the Batesville Industrial Park Commission president who is a nonvoting BEDC member, also expressed his opinion. “I’m still concerned it slows us down by going down there (because improvements need to be made on Merkel Road), but congratulations to Rick (Fledderman, mayor) for getting” a $500,000 Lawrenceburg Regional Economic Development Grant. “That reduces the concern about the cost.
“While I would prefer the building being constructed in the Batesville Commerce Center because of timing, I’m OK with either location.”
Saner, the BEDC president, later added, “Through ongoing discussion and consultation with our development partner, Greg Martz (New Castle), and a commercial real estate broker, Summit Commercial Real Estate, as well as previous feedback from site selectors, it was determined that the new industrial park location provides the best opportunity for attracting a new industrial business to Batesville. This is largely due to the additional flexibility the new industrial park provides for growth/expansion options to any potential new business.
“Additionally, due to the grant that we have received from Lawrenceburg, the Merkel Road project can now be completed, providing the requisite road infrastructure to complement the existing Lammers Pike infrastructure and provide appropriate access” to the Merkel Road site.
Within the agreed-upon 73 acres, there are two possible sites for the building that is being considered. “Proposed Site 1 is located on the northeastern corner of the new industrial park at the intersection of Lammers Pike and Merkel Road .... (It) will accommodate a potential shell building and offers ample space for the necessary layout and infrastructure. However, due to the wetland area on the north end of the lot and an Indiana Department of Transportation utility easement on the south edge of this lot, there would be some limitation on how much a new building could be expanded,” he noted.