The Crossville city council approved applying for a $500,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TDEC) to help pay for a construction ready pad that could help attract as many as 300 new jobs to the area.
The grant requires a minimum match of $215,000 but the proposed project is estimated to cost almost $1 million dollars and the city hopes to have the financial support of the Cumberland County commission on the project. Even though the county has not approved the help yet, the county commission's budget committee unanimously agreed to recommend funding $250,000 toward the project to the full commission.
Crossville city council members L-R J. H. Graham, Danny Wyatt, Mayor James Mayberry,
Pamala Harris and Scot Shanks.
The site development grant is part of the Select Tennessee program of TDEC and is designed to help local areas be ready to attract industry and jobs. The proposal is to use a 20 acres site in the Interchange Business Park to have a location ready for the construction of a 200,000 square foot building with space for loading docks and parking ready for construction to start.
Preliminary site design
The costs of the project are currently only estimates as the site has not had nay geotechnical testing that will determine how much the project will cost based on the amount and type of rock found from the testing.
The grant application was actually due the day following the city council meeting and has been in the works for several weeks as part of the cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce, the city of Crossville and Cumberland County.
Mayor James Mayberry moved that the city apply for the grant and the city would be optimistic that the county would approve the matter at their full commission meeting to pay for half of the match funds to complete the project up to $250,000. Mayberry's motion was supported by councilman J. H. Graham.
City clerk Sally Oglesby pointed out that the resolution to approve the grant requires that the city commit to the match for the grant application to go in since the city does not yet have a firm commitment from the county.
The council voted unanimously to approve the application for the grant.
At the end of the council meeting, Co-Linx manager Ed Camera and member of the Chamber of Commerce's board of directors spoke during the time of public comment and praised the council for their leadership on the matter saying the site was desperately needed and it will make the community better.