Bidding Underway for Fulton Development

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Saturday, January 28 2006 Jan 28, 2006 Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:31:56 PM CST January 28, 2006 in News

Janice Brueggeman has lived on a quiet street in Fulton for the last seven years.

"Right now we're back here and it's very peaceful, quiet, not a lot of traffic, and I'm sure if there's new industry coming in there's gonna be more traffic," Brueggeman said.

Forty-two acres of residential area may be bustling before long. Fulton City Council finalized a $190,000 deal for the land, which was six months in the making. Harbison-Walker currently owns the land and the nearby plant. The last time this land saw work was back in 1998. When the business left town, it took 450 Fulton jobs with it.

"We hope we get some industrial development on it that will employ 20 to 30 people initially. The projects that are out there right now are all small, in terms of numbers, and we hope they grow into something," said Fulton Mayor Robert Craghead.

City officials said they're looking for a buyer to bring industrial development to the land. Mayor Craghead said the city has both a project and developer in mind.

"It's easy access to develop. It's not like going out on the edge of town somwhere where you've got a lot of infrastructure to put in," Mayor Craghead said.

And while quiet nights like this one may not come as often for Brueggeman, she said the benefits make it all worth it.

"Fulton is growing. So we do need more places for more jobs. And as for what kind of industry, wouldn't have a clue. That's up to the mayor!" Brueggeman said.

City officials aren't saying much about the prospective buyer, only that they are still bidding for the project.

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