PERRY -- The Houston County Commission agreed Tuesday to buy a 389-acre tract, possibly for two planned county facilities as well as potential industrial development.
Following a closed meeting, the board agreed to buy the tract at the corner of Oaky Woods Road and Ga. 247 for $1,850 per acre, or a total of just more than $719,000. The tract is adjacent to Frito Lay and is owned by Jerry Alva Davis and Katie Andrew.
Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said he expects the sale to close quickly. The county plans to put a new well and water treatment plant there, and possibly a new fire station. He said he wasn’t sure when those projects might happen, but work could start this year. He had previously cited both in a list of priorities for the county in 2015.
A new fire station is definite, he said, but the county also is considering another location in the area. No decision has been made for the station’s location.
The tract also will be used to lure industry. The county already has two large industrial tracts, but Stalnaker said each location has its own advantages. The purchase gives another option for a new industry.
“This county is now going to be able to have multiple areas to offer, and we think it is going to further attract industry,” he said.
One of the county’s industrial tracts is located next to Interstate 75, and the other has rail access. But neither already has utilities, and that’s the advantage the new tract offers.
Commissioner Tom McMichael said the county got a good deal on the property.
“That’s a good price for that area,” he said.
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