Duncan Suzuki

Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Public weighs in on Commerce Park sale

A very small crowd gathered in the Dublin Town Hall last night for a public hearing regarding the possible sale of a portion of land in the New River Valley Commerce Park, located off Route 100 in Dublin.
The land up for consideration is a total of 62 acres out of the near 1,000-acre NRV Commerce Park property, and is located along the southern border of the park, nearest to the Town of Dublin, along Ruebush Road. The land has a green space buffer which is at least 300 feet deep.
Joe Morgan, executive director of Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority said the land is considered surplus, as it is not suited to the industrial needs of the Commerce Park.
He also noted that the disposition of this surplus property is being considered to raise funds for infrastructure development at the Commerce Park, including improvements to water and sewer capacity, with the goal of increasing capacity to one million gallons of water per day, and possibly extending rail service and an electric transmission line to the park.
One citizen at the public hearing questioned why the land was purchased for the Commerce Park in the first place, if it is now considered unsuitable for use.
Morgan responded that the property was sold as a whole, so the land was bought with the useable portions in mind.
The citizen also asked if the 62 acres would be sold as a whole or divided.
Morgan responded that likely, it could be sold as a whole, but if it goes to a public sale and a realtor becomes involved, the realtor might ultimately recommend that the land be divided in order to get the best price.
Another citizen suggested that the land might possibly be offered for sale to individuals who own the property adjacent to the Commerce Park.
Morgan responded that what’s good about holding a public hearing is being able to hear those types of suggestions, so that suggestion would definitely be reported back, and the committee could make that recommendation in their negotiations.
The same citizen who made that suggestion also commented that as an owner of property adjacent to the Commerce Park, he would like the courtesy of being properly notified by mail about potential dispensation of the land. He said he had not been notified and hadn’t seen the recent newspaper article about the potential land sale, so when a survey crew showed up on his property, he didn’t know what was going on.
Another citizen, who lives beside the 62 acres, said her biggest concern is how the land will be used once it is sold, and what could end up beside her. She added that she would like consideration for a buffer zone between her property and the property to be sold.
A citizen asked what the 62 acres is currently zoned under, and Morgan responded that currently, it as zoned as agricultural land. He added that the buyer of the land could pursue rezoning.
Other comment and concerns expressed by citizens included:
-Impact of rail, water, sewer and electric transmission infrastructure installation on existing residences and businesses;
-Accommodation of any new major construction on the Karst topography of the area;
-Stewardship of land under lease, particularly regarding proper fencing of livestock and impact on neighboring properties from hunting leases;
-Accurate location of existing utility easements, particularly multiple natural gas pipeline routes;
-Routing of water and sewer mains related to the upgrade of Commerce Park capacity to one million gallons per day;
-Benefit of new water and sewer infrastructure to neighborhoods without water and / or sewer service;
-Timing of sale of surplus land.
A report on the comments received at Tuesday night’s hearing will be submitted to the NRV Commerce Park Participation Committee for consideration at its next meeting on August 12.
Additional comments or requests for information may be presented orally or in writing to Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority. The mailing address is 6580 Valley Center Drive, Suite 124, Radford, VA, 24141.
Telephone comments and inquiries may be directed to (540) 639-1524, ext. 218, or faxed to (540) 831-6093, or email jmorgan@nrvde.org.

Information is available for public inspection Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New River Valley Planning District offices in Radford.

Comments

comments

Public weighs in on Commerce Park sale

A very small crowd gathered in the Dublin Town Hall last night for a public hearing regarding the possible sale of a portion of land in the New River Valley Commerce Park, located off Route 100 in Dublin.
The land up for consideration is a total of 62 acres out of the near 1,000-acre NRV Commerce Park property, and is located along the southern border of the park, nearest to the Town of Dublin, along Ruebush Road. The land has a green space buffer which is at least 300 feet deep.
Joe Morgan, executive director of Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority said the land is considered surplus, as it is not suited to the industrial needs of the Commerce Park.
He also noted that the disposition of this surplus property is being considered to raise funds for infrastructure development at the Commerce Park, including improvements to water and sewer capacity, with the goal of increasing capacity to one million gallons of water per day, and possibly extending rail service and an electric transmission line to the park.
One citizen at the public hearing questioned why the land was purchased for the Commerce Park in the first place, if it is now considered unsuitable for use.
Morgan responded that the property was sold as a whole, so the land was bought with the useable portions in mind.
The citizen also asked if the 62 acres would be sold as a whole or divided.
Morgan responded that likely, it could be sold as a whole, but if it goes to a public sale and a realtor becomes involved, the realtor might ultimately recommend that the land be divided in order to get the best price.
Another citizen suggested that the land might possibly be offered for sale to individuals who own the property adjacent to the Commerce Park.
Morgan responded that what’s good about holding a public hearing is being able to hear those types of suggestions, so that suggestion would definitely be reported back, and the committee could make that recommendation in their negotiations.
The same citizen who made that suggestion also commented that as an owner of property adjacent to the Commerce Park, he would like the courtesy of being properly notified by mail about potential dispensation of the land. He said he had not been notified and hadn’t seen the recent newspaper article about the potential land sale, so when a survey crew showed up on his property, he didn’t know what was going on.
Another citizen, who lives beside the 62 acres, said her biggest concern is how the land will be used once it is sold, and what could end up beside her. She added that she would like consideration for a buffer zone between her property and the property to be sold.
A citizen asked what the 62 acres is currently zoned under, and Morgan responded that currently, it as zoned as agricultural land. He added that the buyer of the land could pursue rezoning.
Other comment and concerns expressed by citizens included:
-Impact of rail, water, sewer and electric transmission infrastructure installation on existing residences and businesses;
-Accommodation of any new major construction on the Karst topography of the area;
-Stewardship of land under lease, particularly regarding proper fencing of livestock and impact on neighboring properties from hunting leases;
-Accurate location of existing utility easements, particularly multiple natural gas pipeline routes;
-Routing of water and sewer mains related to the upgrade of Commerce Park capacity to one million gallons per day;
-Benefit of new water and sewer infrastructure to neighborhoods without water and / or sewer service;
-Timing of sale of surplus land.
A report on the comments received at Tuesday night’s hearing will be submitted to the NRV Commerce Park Participation Committee for consideration at its next meeting on August 12.
Additional comments or requests for information may be presented orally or in writing to Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority. The mailing address is 6580 Valley Center Drive, Suite 124, Radford, VA, 24141.
Telephone comments and inquiries may be directed to (540) 639-1524, ext. 218, or faxed to (540) 831-6093, or email jmorgan@nrvde.org.

Information is available for public inspection Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New River Valley Planning District offices in Radford.

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login