Published Sept. 18, 2013
Select Sites are locations for manufacturing projects along the CSX network that can progress rapidly because standard land-use issues have been addressed, and the site is ready for development following a comprehensive due diligence process.
“We are excited to add this property to the Select Site program,” said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, regional development, CSX Corp., headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. “This program also helps communities identify and prepare sites that can compete for new investments and job creation.”
CSX introduced the Select Site program in 2012 to better serve customers in their own backyards by adding rail transport access routes for some of the premier manufacturing properties in the Eastern U.S. CSX partnered with The Austin Consulting Co., a nationally recognized site selection firm, to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.
“The Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park offers a large, rail-served industrial property located less than 20 miles from the Port of Wilmington,” said Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant for The Austin Co. “This is an ideal site for those manufacturers with an international supply-chain or who serve overseas markets.”
The site has access to U.S. Highway 74/76 and is across from the International Logistics Park of North Carolina, which has received designation as a certified site under the N.C. Department of Commerce.
The location offers the highest level of incentives available under the N.C. Port Enhancement Zone with additional tax credits for new and existing customers of the N.C. Ports.
To receive CSX Select Site designation, the location must meet a list of criteria, including infrastructure and utility availability, environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, air quality permitting, rail serviceability, proximity to highways or interstates, and other attributes.
Once certified, the sites are featured on a Web portal that includes news releases, promotional materials and direct marketing to site-selection professionals.
In addition to the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park, CSX has designated 11 other sites located across CSX’s 23-state service territory.
Other Select Sites in the Southeast are:
· Belfast Commerce Centre, Richmond Hill, Ga., 306 acres.
· Kingsboro Industrial Sites, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,354 acres.
· Macon County I-85 Site, Tuskegee / Notasulga, Ala., 277 acres.
· North Etowah Industrial Park, Etowah, Tenn., 271 acres.
· White Hawk Commerce Park, Florence, S.C., 1,175 acres.