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  1. Columbus Business Development CenterUrban Industrial Park Council Work Session July 24, 2007

  2. History of Effort – The Enterprise Zone • Georgia Enterprise Zone Employment Act of 1997 established Enterprise Zones for: • Job Growth • Utilization of Undeveloped Land • Provides property tax exemption over a ten year period • Ordinance #98-30 established the local enterprise zone • “Columbus Business Development Center”is the name given to the area

  3. History of Effort – The Enterprise Zone • Ordinance #00-106 amended Ordinance #98-30. • “To provide that new residential construction and residential rehabilitation shall be permitted as qualified business enterprises for purposed as defined under the Georgia Enterprise Zone Employment Act of 1997, as amended.”

  4. Enterprise Zone Funding • Funding Sources • 1999 SPLOST ($7,000,000) • “The acquisition and development of property for commercial and industrial use in the defined enterprise zone area. Costs include property acquisition, infrastructure, demolition, site preparation, and construction of improvements.” • 1999C Bond Series ($2,000,000) • “This project consists of acquiring approximately 200 acres of land in south Columbus for industrial development. • The property purchased would be reassembled and marketed for industrial uses to generate new jobs in Columbus.”

  5. Enterprise Zone Purchases • 12.73 +/- acres was purchased and sold to Ply Mart (June, 2000) • 35.57 +/- acres was purchased and assembled to be used for an urban industrial park • Jan. 2000 – 17.12 +/- Acres - $500,000 • Bond Funding • July 2000 – 15.65 +/- Acres - $575,000 • Bond Funding • Jan. 2006 – 2.8 +/- Acres - $350,000 • 1999 SPLOST Funding • Property has been marketed by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. • Zoned General Commercial (GC)

  6. Area of Activity • The area surrounding the urban industrial park is seeing additional activity • Baker Village Revitalization – (244 units) • Ambling Development – (250+ units) • Cusseta Road Widening (proposed 4 lanes – long range) • Proposed Rails to Trail Project

  7. Ambling Development Ply Mart Proposed Rails to Trails Cusseta Road Elementary Muscogee Elementary Baker Village

  8. Available Property • The City currently only has 2 large tracts of land for development within the Enterprise Zone: • Urban Industrial Park Property – 35.57 acres • Andrews Road Property – 12.87 acres • Large acreage of this type is at a premium in this area of the community

  9. Potential Uses • Any proposed use for this property should be required to develop the entire 35.57 acre tract • The development of this site should encourage mixed uses • Residential • Commercial • Light Manufacturing • The site should be well planned

  10. Issues That Need Further Discussion • Additional need for environmental studies • Widening of Cusseta Road • Legal opinion of the expenditure of bonds for industrial development • New appraisal to determine the existing value of the property • Review of tax exemption effect on property

  11. Recommendations • Establish a policy for the development of this property that includes • A plan that requires all 35+/- acres be developed as a Planned Unit Development (PUD) district • Additional environmental studies be performed • Develop an RFP process that encompasses the over development of this site