During the Nov. 5 Council meeting, Clemons, in the absence of Mayor Joe Jerkins, offered more details:
- City officials were sought out by Taylor & Mathis to buy this property that is zoned Light Industrial already. "It's not that it was needed. (The land) was just sitting there."
- It was "not a requirement" for the city to notify Clarkdale or Cureton Woods residents of this pending decision.
- Austell has entered into a purchase-sale agreement with Taylor & Mathis that is "not something that can be stopped."
- Six months are involved for "due diligence," including a traffic study, and "no idea" on the construction timeline.
- The end user is not known, and there are "no restrictions on what they can build."
- The 550,000 square-foot facility is "a speculative build" with "no tenant."
- The $30 million facility should yield 150 to 200 "high-wage" jobs.
- A 50-foot berm buffer and an additional 17 acres of city property will separate the development from Cureton Woods and the Clarkdale Historic District.
- There will be no truck traffic on Austell-Powder Springs Road.
- How much more truck traffic and how much more light and noise are not known.
- The $4.6 million profit will go first to pay city debt, then possibly for a Quiet Zone in the city.
- Clarkdale and Cureton Woods concerns can be directed to Austell officials for communication with Taylor & Mathis.
The $100 million Austell intermodal terminal opened in 2001 on 450 acres to help Norfolk Southern Railway serve the ports of Charleston, Savannah, Miami and Jacksonville.
Information: NationalRegisterOfHistoricPlaces.com/ga/cobb/state.html, CobbCounty.org/images/documents/comm-dev/historic-pres/Clarkdale_Design_Guidelines.pdf, TaylorMathis.com, nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/shipping-options/intermodal/terminals-and-schedules/austell-ga.html