October 1, 2009
Gresham says Building Commission put
Megasite project in better form
(NASHVILLE, TN) — State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) today said she was pleased that the State Building Commission proceeded carefully and thoroughly as they came to a positive decision to move forward with the “Megasite” project in West Tennessee. The Subcommittee voted yesterday to spend $40 million appropriated by the legislature this year to purchase about 3,836 acres near Interstate 40 in Haywood County after receiving information from the Department of Economic and Community Development about the parcels of land to be purchased for the project.
“As a sponsor of this legislation, I certainly wanted to make sure everything was done correctly,” said Senator Gresham. “I appreciate the work of the Building Commission and their efforts to see that we were in the proper form before proceeding and that those wanting to address the panel both for and against the project were treated fairly.”
“We all agree that West Tennessee needs job opportunities,” she continued. “It is also important that everyone was treated fairly. I think the Building Commission accomplished both of these goals and that we have a better project moving forward as a result.”
The full State Building Commission discussed the project Sept. 10, but did not take a vote because Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) officials were unable to provide information to identify exactly which parcels of land would be targeted for purchase. At the Sept. 10 meeting, members of the State Building Commission agreed to let the Executive Subcommittee make the final decision about the project’s approval. The subcommittee planned to discuss the project at a meeting last week, but Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development officials requested another delay to work out remaining issues with property owners.
“I am hopeful that the megasite will be a success and bring new and better paying jobs to our area,” she concluded.
Senator Gresham represents eight counties in West Tennessee: Crockett, Haywood, Fayette, Hardeman, Chester, McNairy Hardin and Wayne. She and her husband Will live on their farm in Fayette County.