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CCBC construction is picking up steam
More local workers likely to be added
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In this image taken by drones used for security, construction crews work on the site for the Commonwealth Crossing Business Center in Henry County. Work on the site is progressing, and the contractor has hired a number of local equipment operators to do clearing work there, Public Service Authority Director of Engineering Tim Pace said. (Contributed photo)
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Preliminary work on the grading project at Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC) is progressing, and some local residents might have an opportunity to work at the site even before the first building is constructed.

Henry County Public Service Authority Director of Engineering Tim Pace said the site contractor, Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte, N.C., already has hired a number of local equipment operators to do preliminary clearing work at the future business park.

Once the grading project reaches full steam, Pace said, “the contractor has indicated that they’re going to probably employ somewhere around 60 employees. ... A lot of those folks are going to be local workers.”

Pace added that he expects that many of the site managers who have come from out of town probably take advantage of local restaurants and accommodations, as well.

“I’m sure it’s having an impact on some of our local businesses,” he said.

CCBC, which is near the state line south of Ridgeway, is divided into two lots, Pace said: Lot 1 and Lot 4. Those numbers are holdovers from an older master plan, he said.

Lot 1 is a pad of about 120 acres, while lot 4’s pad is about 50 acres.

“When I say pad area, that is usable space,” Pace said. “There won’t be any slopes or anything like that. That is actual usable area that industries can take advantage of.”

Ground was broken for the business park in April. Although it is only a few months into the project, Pace said, he estimated that Lot 1 has been about 60 percent cleared of brush and topsoil, and he anticipates that Lot 4 will be completely cleared in 30 to 45 days.

Before grading can begin, Pace said, “you’ve got to clear the underbrush, the trees, the shrubs, the stumps and the topsoil. Once that’s done, you go in and start your major excavation” to grade the lot.

Pace said that at Lot 1, “all of the erosion and sediment control measures (are) in place to protect the resources that are not being impacted by the project.”

In June, the Henry County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with EMI Security to provide security cameras at the site. Video feeds from the cameras will be accessible to the county staff from computers at the Henry County Administration Building.

Pace said Friday that three of those four cameras had been installed, and the fourth will be installed once Lot 4 is cleared.

Additionally, he said, the county has been using an aerial drone camera to chart the progress of the project from above due to the vast size of the site.


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