(Posted April 6, 2021)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
West Jefferson village council added properties to a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement at their regularly scheduled meeting on April 5.
The properties include a 2.4-acre parcel on Enterprise Parkway and 180 acres along U.S. Route 40. Core 5-WJS LAND LLC owns both properties.
The CRA agreement provides a 100 percent property tax exemption on the two properties for the next 10 years.
The agreement is designed to fuel development in the village, providing more jobs for village residents, said John Mitchell, West Jefferson’s public service director.
Core 5 plans to build three buildings on the 180-acre property. Design plans for the buildings are not set, however Core 5 plans to build a warehouse, such as a distribution center or manufacturing plant.
Core 5 also plans to extend U.S. Route 29 to the end of their property. The project will require Core 5 to extend water and sewer systems, as well. The Route 29 extension will be tax exempt.
The 2.4-acre property is attached to a larger property that Core 5 recently purchased. The larger property was already covered by the CRA agreement. Adding the 2.4-acre property to the agreement allows Core 5 to expand into the area.
In other news, the village extended the Family First Coronavirus Response act until June 30, 2021.
The act uses Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to pay government employees if they test positive for COVID-19 or if they are quarantined by Madison County Public Health.
The act does not cover police officers as they are critical personnel, Martin said.
If police officers are issued a quarantine, they must still go to work, but the village monitors their temperature and symptoms daily and keeps them away from the public as possible. If an officer tests positive for COVID-19, they may quarantine with pay.
The act was first passed in March 2020.