LOXLEY, Alabama — The Town of Loxley hopes a grant will pave the way to providing access between two major distribution centers being built in the town’s Industrial Park.
At its meeting Monday, Aug. 9, the Loxley Town Council voted unanimously to apply for funding through the Alabama Industrial Access Road and Bridge Corporation to widen and improve drainage and resurface County Road 49 beginning at the south end and traveling north to the new Aldi Distribution Center.
The town is requesting $1.755 million in funds for the project, which will include a 20 percent match, bringing the total project to just over $1.9 million.
According to information provided in the grant proposal, the purpose of the proposed project is “to support the new Lynx-Dade Paper Distribution facility expansion that is being constructed n Loxley.
Local officials were joined by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, state and county officials in July to break ground for the upcoming 220,000-square-foot building located along County Road 49.
Imperial Dade’s new facility is set to bring more than $20 million in total investment to Baldwin County, with plans to create 55 new jobs. Dade Paper currently has 65 employees.
Phase 2 of the development is currently being marketed, offering a total of 250,000 square feet in two additional buildings capable of accommodating tenants as small as 20,000 square feet.
The proposed improvements are needed to accommodate increased traffic flows from the new Dade Paper facility, as well as the recently constructed Aldi Distribution Center, according to the application.
Ivey joined retail officials, along with representatives from local, county, state and national governments breaking ground in February on the 564,000 square-foot office and warehouse which will support ALDI’s growth throughout the Gulf Coast. The project is set to bring approximately $100 million in capital investment in Baldwin County.
In other business Aug. 9, the council voted to approve additional building code compliance services with Rimkus Building Consultants Inc. for the new Aldi facility.
The items included detailed fire protection plans for the main warehouse building and complete plan sets for three free-standing buildings on the Aldi property, including the construction of a guardhouse building, a pumphouse building and a dispatch building on the property.
The council also approved a change-order form for the improvements with Rimkus Building Consultants.
The proposed changes will increase the original contract price of $185,000 to $234,000, an additional $49,000.
Also on Aug. 9, the council approved proposed spending for distribution of American Rescue Plan Funds.
In May the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments.
“State local, territorial and Tribal governments have been on the frontlines of responding to the immense public health and economic needs created by this crisis,” according to a release issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury. “As a result, these governments have endured unprecedented strains, forcing many to make untenable choices between laying off educators, firefighters and other frontline workers or failing to provide other services that communities rely on.”
According to the Resolution, municipalities are classified as indirect recipients and funds requested will be distributed from the non-entitlement units, which have been allocated $19.5 billion to assist in Coronavirus state and local fiscal recovery applications.
According to the release, the funds allocated will provide relief to:
Funds will provide flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs, according to the release, including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. Funds also deliver resources the recipients can invest in building, maintaining or upgrading their water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
Local governments should expect to receive 50 percent of the funds in 2021 with the balance delivered 12 months later, according to the release.
As of June 30, the town has received $362,041.55 in funds with plans to receive an equal payment in 2022.
The council approved spending a total of $230,000 of the funds for monitoring and controlling the town’s water and wastewater facilities, including $50,000 on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), $165,000 for meters and $15,000 for a GIS/Mapping system.
Also on Aug. 9, the council: