Tuesday night, Lee County commissioners will hold a public hearing on whether to rezone land for a potential new business. Commissioners and folks who work nearby the proposed site are optimistic about the project.
Gary Eller, a realtor in Lee County is excited about the possibility of a new company moving in next door, on Hugh Road. "I think it's a good thing to replace W.W. Williams transmission with a new, solid business and that's what Lee County needs."
That business is a fabrication and distribution facility for agricultural equipment and would move into this vacant building, where W.W. Transmissions once was.
But before the project can move forward, commissioners have to rezone the land from commercial to industrial. "We want to make commercial opportunities available in Lee County. This is an empty facility," said Rick Muggridge, the Lee County commission chairman.
The new business would generate about 20 jobs in the area, with the possibility of expanding. "The fact that we could see some new industry, not just a relocation of an industry from somewhere else, but actually brand new jobs being created. That's incredibly exciting for me," said Muggridge.
While there hasn't been any negative feedback about the proposal, commissioners are holding a public hearing Tuesday night, before their final vote.
"We're all optimistic that the neighbors will be welcoming. But of course, that's why we have a public hearing, we want to hear from the folks. And that matters," explained Muggridge.
And surrounding business owners, like Eller, are on board with the project. "I really don't see much of a difference in the affect on the Hugh Road area. I do see the fact that it replaces a great loss when W.W. Williams transmission left," said Eller.
A replacement that commissioners hope will provide a boost for Lee County.
Hugh Harrell, with Vada Investors Corp Incorporated is behind the project. He was unable to go on camera today.
The public hearing is Tuesday at 6pm at the Lee County administration building. Commissioners are expected to vote on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6pm.