THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - A 293-acre lot in Thomas County has been empty for several years and currently, city and county leaders are partnering together to attract businesses to its location.
After several years of construction, trying to get the 293-acre lot ready for new businesses, county leaders said the space is finally ready for potential industries to move in.
Thomasville Payroll Development Authority Executive Director Shelley Zorn said it cost both the city and county a total of $5 million to get the land equipped for new business.
“It’s been complete about a year, year and a half and it’s ready with roads, water, infrastructure, everything’s set to go,” said Zorn.
Zorn said they just announced that the Red Hills Business Park finally has its first tenant. She said Southern States Insulation will provide 25 new jobs for Thomas County and will invest $250,000 into its building.
The owner, Corey Sumner already has design plans for his building.
“We donated the property and they will build the building," explained Zorn.
After recent construction, they believe a different type of business than what previously occupied the area would thrive the most.
“We really see small to medium-size business and industry in there. Light manufacturing, distribution. We thought that was a great niche for our market,” said Zorn. “Really just got a blessing. There was no vote taken. ‘This is what I think I want the outside of the building to look like, before I go any further with our architect is this okay?’”
Now, that Sumner’s architectural plans have been approved, Zorn said Southern States Insulation will begin construction in a few months.