TVA pledges $50,000 in improvements to land near Blue Ridge Dam

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Christie Arp, Executive Director of the Fannin County Development Authority, announced that TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) has pledged $50,000 to renovate the grounds surrounding the area of the historic homes located near Blue Ridge Dam.

“This is owned by TVA,” Arp clarified the legalities of the area, “and leased to the county.”

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Land near Blue Ridge Dam will see improvements in the near future.

“TVA has committed $50,000 to provide ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible walkways and some other minor improvements,” Arp said explaining the purpose of the monies devoted to this area.

Among the minor improvements, pads will be poured for picnic tables, and if funds allow, decking could be installed to look out over Lake Blue Ridge.

The county would be responsible for providing the picnic tables, making minor improvements to parking areas, and continuing with maintenance such as mowing.

Arp described this new project as “a really great contribution to the county” that “will help improve an already public area”.

TVA has suggested a start date of the improvements for late July or early August of this year.

Arp did stress, “The houses are considered historic. Nothing is going to happen to the houses right now.”

An update was also given on the county’s SPEC (Speculative) Building located off Highway 5 on Kyle Road.

It was announced earlier this year that the building would be leased by Ed’s Supply Company, Inc. This announcement came just a little over a year after the building’s completion.

Ed’s Supply was founded in Nashville, Tn. in 1957. The primary focus of the company is to provide wholesale distribution of air conditioning, refrigeration, as well as heating parts and supplies across Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas.

“Construction was funded by primarily grants,” Arp spoke of the progress of the SPEC building, “at a total of around $670,000. The majority of that is grants that will not have to be paid back.”

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The SPEC building is under lease and expected to bring in approximately $90,000 in tax revenue.

Of the amount that will have to be paid back, the Development Authority was able to secure a One Georgia Equity Loan in the amount of approximately $230,000. This is an interest free loan with quarterly payments due over a 20 year period.

“Ed’s Supply was able to give me an estimate of roughly $3 million in sales that will be brought to and kept in the county,” Arp spoke of the new tenants. According to Arp this would equate to approximately $90,000 in tax revenue.

Beyond these sales estimates, Ed’s Supply plans to hire employees in the county starting out with six positions with intentions to grow.

“They are investing, with their equipment, with their inventory, along with all the build out of the interior, roughly $1 million,” Arp said explaining Ed’s Supply immediate commitment in signing a 10 year lease with the county.

Fannin County Chairman Stan Helton praised the Development Authority for their hard work in completing all aspects of the SPEC Building project: “I know some of the fellow commissioners in other counties tell me the typical timeframe to fill a SPEC building with a valid company is closer to five years, and you and your board made this happen in a little over a year.”

Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson, who has been with the BOC since approval was given on the building project, thanked the Development Authority for working so diligently: “Hopefully some of the people who didn’t believe in it back then, will now look and say that it was a good investment.”

 

 

 

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Development Authority reports progress of Ed’s Supply

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – In its quarterly meeting Monday, May 7, the Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) approved an application for for Georgia Cities Foundation Loan for a local property owner to acquire an additional 50 percent interest of a downtown building, according to Christie Arp, FCDA executive director.

“Georgia Cities Foundation funds downtown projects,” Arp explained, “and the Development Authority acts as a conduit and so money would flowing from Georgia Cities Foundation through the Development Authority to a person or business. And the Development Authority has done several in the past; it’s very common.”

Later, in her director’s report, Arp stated, “There continues to be a lot of interest in downtown Blue Ridge. There has been a lot of interest in people just looking for space outside of town. It varies in size, but there is a shortage of warehouse/industrial space in our area.”

Despite this, Arp added the county is seeing a good mix of retail, industrial and commercial interests and business prospects.

Giving an update on Ed’s Supply, which is a supplier of equipment, parts, and materials to businesses that recently agreed to a lease with FCDA for the speculative building near McCaysville, Arp reported the supplier is still in the construction process of finishing the inside of the building. Also, Arp stated she has personally received several resumes from job applicants for Ed’s Supply.

Arp also told of Gov. Nathan Deal’s stop in Blue Ridge last Wednesday, May 2, to sign the 2019 fiscal year budget for the state of Georgia, which included $5.5 million for a permanent, brick-and-mortar campus for the University of North Georgia Blue Ridge campus located off of state Route 515 near Industrial Park Road.

“We’re extremely excited about (the forthcoming UNG campus),” Arp stated. “The Development Authority will continue to work with UNG about different programming needs they might have and different ways that we can partner with them.”

 

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Ed’s Supply to occupy Development Authority speculative building

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – In a called meeting Wednesday morning, March 21, the Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) announced a tenant has been found for the speculative building off of state Route 5 near McCaysville.

The FCDA will soon be entering into a lease purchase, pending final approval from OneGeorgia Authority (a funding source for the building), with Ed’s Supply, which is a supplier of equipment, parts, and materials to businesses.  The company was established in 1957 and is currently headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennnessee.

The terms of lease purchase, as announced by FCDA Chairperson Billie Queen, will be for 10 years at $840,000 and the contract is slated to begin April 1.  Queen also stated Ed’s Supply will be occupying the entire building. When built, the speculative building was designed to be easily modified to accommodate multiple tenants if business prospects so desired to only occupy a portion of the building.

According to FCDA Executive Director Christie Arp, Ed’s Supply will initially begin operation with six employees with the potential to grow to 10 employees in three years.  The company’s overall capital investment will be over $1,000,000 and there are over $3,000,000 in sales estimated to be captured in Fannin County, which will include servicing at least four HVAC businesses.

An overhead view of the Fannin County Development Authority speculative building near McCaysville. (Photo courtesy of Christie Arp)

The speculative building is located on 10.87 acres at 63 Kyle Road just off of state Route 5 near the company offices of Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation (EMC). The facility’s construction was complete in spring 2017 with a total cost of $723,000. The funding for the project included a $250,000 grant from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a $200,000 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission, a $229,500 no-interest equity loan from OneGeorgia Authority and $43,500 from the FCDA.

According to Arp, the FCDA share derived from the sale of the old Levi’s facility several years ago and lease revenue from tenants at the FCDA’s Blue Ridge Industries facility on Ada Street.

The goal for the speculative building project was to attract new businesses to the area and secure a tenant that would provide quality jobs to the county.

“(Ed’s Supply is) already serving businesses in Fannin, so having them here helps better the businesses and employees already in the community,” Arp said of the forthcoming company. “They have great benefits and wages for their employees. They are bringing tax dollars into the community that would otherwise be going out. Ed’s Supply invests time and money into its people – from training and education to rewards and incentives.”

Also during the called meeting, the FCDA extended a contract with Atlanta Gas Light for the FCDA property off of Ada Street.

The property hosts the terminus of a natural gas line running from Ellijay, Georgia, that Atlanta Gas Light is currently in the process of “pickling”. Pickling is a common process used by natural gas companies where new lines are saturated with odorant. During the process, the inner lining of the pipe itself absorbs the odorant. The process is considered complete once the odorant level at the terminus is comparable to the level where the odorant is injected into the line. Because natural gas is odorless, it is necessary to pickle a new line before it is commissioned for use. A completely pickled line will naturally disperse the odorant that has been fully absorbed into the line.

On hand at the meeting was Chasity Durham, representing Atlanta Gas Light. Durham reported, at this time, there is not enough odorant saturation in the line and Atlanta Gas Light needs more time to complete the process.

The contract extension for the property, as announced by Queen, is for 60 to 90 days.

 

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