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- Lake Yahou Becomes The Home of 800 Bass
Recently Davis Fish Farms delivered 800 bass and introduced them into Lake Yahou. This 8 acre rain water feed lake is on the agenda to become a public fishing and picnic area for the community. The timing for this will be a year to a year and a half away. The bass need time to grow and it will give MDA a chance to prepare the area for visitors and finalize all permitted activities. Stay tuned for additional updates on Lake Yahou Park.
- McClellan Multi-Use Trails Now Open
The McClellan Trails are the first specially design NICA trail in the state of Alabama. A ribbon cutting was schedule for the evening of Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Mother Nature seemed to have other plans as she provided several storms with torrential down pours, thunder and lighting. As we got closer to 5:30 p.m. our designated time the sprinkles that were left all but went away. With local mountain bikers and a few from Birmingham, coaches and parents, city and county officials, and MDA Board Members, our celebration was going to happen. Remarks were made by Phil Webb, Chairman of MDA, and the cutting of the ribbon was done by Board member, Freeman Fite, whose idea it was to build the trails. The biggest announcement after the actual opening of the trails is that the second race of the NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) season will be hosted right here at the McClellan Trails on March 7- 8, 2020. This announcement was met with much applause, especially from the team riders. On behalf of MDA, a big thank you was provided to Trail Solutions (trail builders), IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association), Preston York from Flowmotion, Patrick Wigley from Wigs Wheels and the mountain bike riders and their coaches. The ribbon was then cut and the Cheaha, Donoho, and Jacksonville team riders and their coaches took to the trails for the first time. The most heard comment was “it’s smooth and it’s fast”. The thumbs up, was a good sign that the trails were a hit especially for those that will call it their home trail. The trails are officially open 7 days a week from Dawn to Dusk.
- MDA Approves Two New Property Sales
On June 5, 2018, at a called board meeting of the McClellan Development Authority (MDA), the Board of Directors unanimously approved two offers to purchase property on McClellan. Both purchase offers came from new local startup businesses looking to join the list of corporate partners who call McClellan home. The Directors first approved the sale of forty five acres located in the North Industrial Conservation District of McClellan to White’s Environmental Solutions (WES) out of Glencoe, Alabama. The Board also approved a “Right of First Refusal” contract with WES to purchase an additional twenty four acres adjacent to the other purchased property within the next five years. WES plans include the initial construction of a new fully enclosed “green” biomass processing facility that will use biodegradable products and vegetative matter (branches, leaves, clippings, etc.) to produce nutrient-rich soil additives and conditioners that are then used to create the mulch and plant soil products found in any gardening center and used by greenhouses, sod farms, and landscaping companies. Ms. Roo White, the owner of WES whose company motto is “better compliance through science”, will become part of the rapidly growing environment sustainment industry through the establishment of an eco-friendly processing center dedicated to soil and water conservation. Her new business will include the addition of up to fifteen new jobs for the community. The Board also approved the sale of two acres in McClellan’s Town Center District along Town Center Boulevard for a new full-service veterinary clinic. Dr. Elizabeth Mayne, owner of Paws and Tails Fur Family Care, LLC plans to construct a new multi-service facility that will provide veterinary services, pet boarding/day care, and grooming services. Recognizing the close bonds that people have with their pets, Dr. Mayne’s goal is to embrace each individual pet as a valued and important family member. Her vision includes the creation of a luxury hotel experience for those pets being boarded and the grooming service will be like a day at the spa. Dr. Mayne is a fully certified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and looks to initially hire up to eight new employees for her business. The McClellan Development Authority congratulates our new corporate partners, and looks forward to watching their community-oriented businesses grow and prosper here at McClellan.
- MDA closes deal on $2.3 Million Sale for Independent Living Facility
New Independent Living Facility will include the former Post Headquarters building, four former multi-story barracks, and the large parade grounds area totaling just over ten acres. On December 20th, MDA officials executed the necessary closing documents and finalized the $2.3M sale of the Historic Buckner Headquarters complex, clearing the way for the development of a new Senior Independent Living Facility on McClellan. This closing signifies the end of over seven years of discussions, negotiations, and coordination with multiple brokers, developers, underwriters, and attorneys to bring this project to a successful conclusion. The signing of these documents signals the next phase of this Project which is the investment of approximately $23 Million for the modification and renovation of these historic buildings. Plans for this new facility call for the renovation and construction of 120 independent living apartments. These apartments will consist of 81 one-bedroom/one bathroom units and 39 two-bedroom/two bathroom units all complete with full kitchens, utilities, and access to common areas. The facility will also include a clubhouse, business center, fitness center, restaurant, coffee shop, and chapel. Additional services and amenities will include daily lunch, bi-weekly housecleaning and laundering of flat linens, regularly scheduled local transportation, parking spaces, 24-hour emergency call system and staffing, social activities and recreational programs, and priority access to Assisted Living and Memory Support units on McClellan. The development of this Project is headed up by McClellan Independent Living Facilities, LP, an Alabama Limited Partnership. Over the past several months underwriters and bond attorneys have been finalizing the paperwork for the sale of bonds in January to fund the Project. Once bond sales are complete, construction and renovation of the facilities will begin with a targeted operations start date sometime in 2019.
- New Demolition Planned
City of Anniston Public Works employees will soon begin demolition on three buildings near the Jacksonville State University McClellan Center. The structures and property, which is owned by the University, is being deeded to the City. Through an agreement between the City and McClellan Development Authority, workers will use the landfill at McClellan for debris removal. Once the demolition is complete, the site will be used for overflow parking for the adjacent Anniston Youth Sports Complex. City Parks and Recreation Director Steven Folks says that the additional parking area is sorely needed and will help address safety concerns over visitors that park alongside Summerall Gate Road during soccer matches. Officials involved with the project anticipate minimal impact on activity at McClellan.
- Join Us For The 100th Anniversary Of Fort McClellan
We hope you’ll join us for the 100 Year Anniversary of Fort McClellan, happening Saturday, August 26th from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be bus tours, entertainment, food trucks, and more! All are invited! For more information, please visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here.
- Recent Timber Operations on McClellan Result of Ips Beetle Infestation
Earlier this winter, McClellan staff and Alabama Forest Commission (AFC) representatives were cruising various timber stands throughout the former fort. As they performed their inspections, they began to notice clusters of dead and dying southern pine trees throughout the 2000+ acre cantonment area. Upon closer examination, it was confirmed that several stands were infested with Ips beetles. McClellan is not alone when it comes to the invasion of this aggressive pine beetle. Experts postulate that last year’s long drought and warmer than normal winter stressed many pine stands throughout the region. This resulting stress provided an opportunity for the Ips beetle to infiltrate the pine bark and begin killing the trees. On McClellan specifically, grounds crew noted that the younger tree farms which were planted here less than 20-25 years ago were especially susceptible to Ips beetle attacks. Larger than their cousins the Southern Pine Beetle, Ips beetles tend to attack the trees high up in the branches so typical signs of pine beetle presence such as bore holes and sawdust trails around the base of the tree are not visible. Often the first sign of trouble is when a tree’s pine needles quickly turn reddish brown. Once this happens, the damage is done and the tree must be quickly harvested before the bark begins slipping off of the tree. When a cluster of trees are under attack by the Ips beetle it is important to quickly remove the affected trees and, depending on the density of the stand, sometimes a perimeter of healthy trees as well to try and stop further infestation. To date, approximately 80 acres of timber have been affected by the Ips beetle infestation on McClellan. Logging teams are currently scheduled to finish up some tree stands at the north end of McClellan this week. This project is scheduled to be complete no later than March 30th.
- Last Planned Timber Clear Cut Part of Environmental Cleanup Effort
During its heyday, Fort McClellan once used several small arms and weapons ranges that today lie just to the east of the McClellan Veterans Parkway off ramp that joins Summerall Gate Road. Oriented north-to-south along what used to be Iron Mountain Road, these ranges require extensive soil remediation work to be conducted as part of the overall $234 million cleanup effort. The cleanup effort will include extensive soil excavation and sifting, soil treatment, and where required, clean soil back fill for the excavated sites. In order to conduct these operations, a timber clear cut of approximately 95 acres will be conducted over the coming weeks. The clear cut operations will be followed up with limb clearing, stump removal and grading operations in order for the environmental crews to complete their cleanup work. Once the cleanup operations are complete, appropriate ground seeding and permanent erosion controls will be put into place. The MDA Committee responsible for environmental oversight will examine additional options like reforestation activities once all cleanup actions are complete. Based on the McClellan Master Plan, this is the last planned timber clear cut operation for the MDA.
- Retail center planned at McClellan warehouses
This story orginally appeared in the Anniston Star. For the original post, follow this link. McClellan Development Authority board members on Wednesday agreed to sell property for a retail development in historic warehouses at the former fort. Robin Scott, director of the MDA, said the developer, REK Partners I, plans to turn the vacant buildings into a mix of “restaurants, open-air cafes, boutique shops and arts-and-crafts shops” where patrons can walk among the many stores and enjoy outside dining. Attempts to reach REK Partners I on Wednesday were unsuccessful. MDA board members at the Wednesday meeting agreed to sell the 17-building, 33-acre property located near the roundabout in McClellan for $600,000. The contract approved by the board states that the purchaser is to pay $200,000 at closing, with the remaining $400,000 financed by the MDA at 5 percent interest for two years. Scott said the developer plans to take advantage of tax credits made possible because the properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Those buildings were constructed between 1929 and 1974 in the colonial revival architectural style, according to National Register records. Pete Conroy, director of Jacksonville State University’s Environmental Policy and Information Center and former member of the board which oversaw the development of McClellan, said by phone Wednesday that he was happy to hear of interest in developing the area. Conroy said he hopes the developers retain historic features which make the buildings special. Among them are the former horse stables which housed officers’ polo ponies, Conroy said. The stalls are floored with massive center-cut longleaf pine blocks to withstand the weight of those animals. “It is a very, very special area with incredibly important historical context,” Conroy said.
- State Should Make McClellan a Priority
This story originally appeared in the Anniston Star. Click here for the original article. Like a Major League Baseball team soaring in the first month of the season, McClellan is having itself a nice little spring. It could be better, however. Late last month, the McClellan Development Authority approved a sewer-line project at the former U.S. Army post. At a projected cost of $390,000, the MDA and the Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board will join forces to upgrade some of the sewer lines on the property. Don’t scoff. This is a big deal. Without this sort of infrastructure in place, the types of industries McClellan seeks will never give the place a second look. “It makes us much more competitive now to bring jobs to this part of the state,” Phil Webb, chairman of the MDA board, told an Anniston Star reporter. Also in April, the Legislature OK’d a tax credit for businesses with 50 or more employees that take up residence at McClellan (or another closed military post in Alabama). “It’s just another tool in the tool bag,” Robin Scott, director of the MDA, told The Star. “It’s another incentive to sway them our way,” Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said last month. “It’s not huge, but if you’ve got a big enough workforce, it’s a number and it adds up.” Like we said, not bad for the last couple of months. To go back to our baseball reference at the start, McClellan is hitting singles and doubles this spring. This good news is a reminder of how much more could be done to promote and rebuild this 10,000-acre property, to turn it into a first-rate site for research and, most importantly, jobs. Make that, jobs, jobs, jobs. In 2013, The Star produced a series of articles on a former Army fort in Massachusetts — Fort Devens. It and Fort McClellan opened around the same time — early in the 20th century — and were closed by the Pentagon at around the same time — the 1990s. There are differences, though. More than 3,500 people work for companies located at the grounds of Devens. The average annual salary is $69,210, well above the state average in Massachusetts. An economic analysis found that Devens contributes $1.4 billion dollars annually to the Bay State’s economy. McClellan isn’t without success stories. Its tenants and their employees, its residents and its recreational facilities are testament to the progress made since the U.S. Army moved out in 1999. However, more work remains. Devens has advantages McClellan does not. The economy of Massachusetts dwarves the one in Alabama. Devens is an hour’s drive from Boston and its various research universities. The Army left less of a mess in Devens than it did at McClellan, where $200 million was required to clean the property of unexploded ordnance and various contaminants. To me, though, the big difference came at the state level. As Fort Devens was preparing to close its doors, the state of Massachusetts set up a public-private partnership to oversee the re-use of the post. To turn desires into reality, the state Legislature appropriated $200 million to Devens’ rebirth. That’s not the case in Alabama when it comes to the development of McClellan. Here, McClellan — with the potential to become an economic engine for the region and even the entire state — is left to redevelop itself on its own, with no dedicated revenue stream from the state. It makes money by selling off its one big asset — property that needs time and TLC to be made more valuable. The 2016 session of the Alabama Legislature just ended. Lawmakers should put injecting revenue into McClellan’s redevelopment on the 2017 to-do list.
- McClellan Jobs Bill Passes House
This article orginally appeared in the Anniston Star. For the original post, click here. Employers who hire new employees on a closed military base would get a tax credit under a bill that passed the Alabama House of Representatives 91-2 on Thursday. The bill, which would likely apply only to the former Fort McClellan in Anniston, has already passed the Senate and is headed to Gov. Robert Bentley for a signature or a veto. The bill would grant employers who hire at least 50 new employees on a closed base a tax credit equal to one half of one percent of their payroll. That tax credit would piggyback on a wider set of new-hire incentives passed by lawmakers last year.There was little opposition to the measure in the House, though one Birmingham lawmaker, Republican Rep. Jack Williams, said he was frustrated with the attempt to pass a tax credit when the Legislature recently failed to renew a historic restoration tax credit that was widely used in Birmingham. “My only concern here is that we’re eliminating tax credits in Jefferson and Mobile counties,” Williams said. “Have you had an installation that is closed by a BRAC?” countered Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston. Fort McClellan was closed by a federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission in the 1990s. The bill applies only to bases closed by the BRAC process.
- MDA Closes Deal with Calhoun County EDC for Additional Land
On February 25th, McClellan Development Authority finalized the sale of 16.09 additional acres of land in the McClellan Industrial Park. The EDC purchased the additional acreage adjacent to their current site located along Berman Road. The EDC McClellan Industrial Park Site is a designated Alabama Advantage Site. It contains 57 acres +/- with beautiful views of the Appalachian foothills. This site is part of the larger McClellan Industrial Park property which is available for development. The EDC purchased the original 57.9 acres of property in 2012 and construction of a 30,000 square foot speculative building began in 2015. For additional information: Call us at 256.236.2011 or visit our website www.exploremcclellan.com.