Ag company buys Commodore parcel

Published 3:38 pm Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Development Authority agreed to sell a 15.24-acre parcel in Commodore Industrial Park to a company anxious to build an agricultural storage and shipping facility here.

During a special called meeting Thursday morning, Development Authority Executive Director Rick McCaskill said the company agreed to purchase the parcel for $6,500 per acres, its advertised price, or for a total purchase price of approximately $99,000.

The parcel is in Commodore Industrial Park, Phase II, with frontage on Spring Creek Road and is just northeast of Seminole Bio Diesel LLC’s facility and Georgia Gulf Sulphur Corp.

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McCaskill reported to the board the authority has title to the land, but added that the purchase also has the support of county and city representatives, although no formal action is required of them.

The company, R.W. Griffin LLC of Douglas, Ga., has guaranteed a minimum of 10 employees, and plans to invest more than $1 million in improvements to the property. Most of the improvements will be a small office, and storage bins and tanks, McCaskill said.

McCaskill said the company stores and ships agricultural products, including liquid nitrogen; so the company was also interested in extending—at its own expense—the railroad spur that crosses Spring Creek Road.

The company will be responsible for all its own improvements, and that local governments are not offering any incentives to the company to locate in Bainbridge, McCaskill said.

“They are in a hurry,” McCaskill said, noting that the property has already been cleared and that the company has been doing some preliminary site work. “They want to close tomorrow.”