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Groundbreaking ceremony held for 683-acre Macon County industrial park

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MACON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the first phase of the Regional East Alabama Logistics (REAL) Park, to be located in Macon County.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said the project is expected to bring $386 million in new economic capital investment, along with more than 1,000 new direct jobs and 863 indirect jobs. Construction for the first 169,000-square foot building is set to begin within the next couple of days. The project will ultimately result in a 13-building, 5M-square foot logistics park.

R.E.A.L Park was developed from a partnership between the Macon County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA), landowners and Farpoint Development. It will encompass 683 acres at the site of Beck’s Turf Farm, located off Exit 42 on Interstate 85.

When the park’s construction is completed, it will house the only Class A warehouse/manufacturing building available for lease within a 40-mile radius, according to MADE in Alabama.

Farpoint development is already actively marketing the building to potential company tenants.

Construction on R.E.A.L Park in Macon County set to begin

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Construction is set to begin on a logistics park in Macon County that is set to have a major economic impact on the area.

The Regional East Alabama Logistics Park, or R.E.A.L Park, is becoming a reality with the help of a partnership between Macon County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA), landowners and Farpoint Development. It will encompass 683 acres at the site of Beck’s Turf Farm off Exit 42 on Interstate 85.

The construction is expected to begin this summer. When the park’s construction is completed, it will house the only Class A warehouse/manufacturing building available for lease within a 40-mile radius, according to MADE in Alabama.

Farpoint commissioned the Center of Business and Economic Research from the University of Alabama to do an economic impact analysis that shows the project will bring $386,000,000 in new economic capital investment when fully built, and over 1,000 new direct jobs and 863 indirect jobs. Local taxes generated will be in the millions of dollars per year at full completion.

Construction is slated to be completed by the end of 2022. Farpoint development is already actively marketing the building to potential company tenants.

Macon County logistics park project preps for initial construction

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TUSKEGEE, Alabama — Construction is scheduled to begin soon on the first building in a logistics park along Interstate 85 in Macon County that backers say could have a massive economic impact when its three phases are developed.

The project, called the Regional East Alabama Logistics (REAL) Park, stems from a partnership between the Macon County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA), Farpoint Development and local businessmen Jimmy and Wayne Bassett.

The park, developed by Farpoint, will encompass 683 acres at the site of Beck’s Turf Farm off Exit 42 on I-85. The project envisions around 13 buildings offering a combined 5 million square feet of space once the three phases are completed in seven to 10 years.

Construction is expected to begin this summer on the first building, a 169,000-square-foot expandable industrial commercial structure.

When construction is complete in the fourth quarter, it will be the only “Class A” warehouse/manufacturing building available for lease within a 40-mile radius.

“To have a park plan of this size, scope and partners with world-class abilities means we have a broad team working together bringing their own dollars and networks into landing projects and creating new jobs,” MCEDA Director Joe Turnham said.

“The right team, the right project in the right place and at the right time — this initial investment has the potential to be a tipping point in our community’s development for decades to come,” he added.

Economic Impact

Turnham said work on the Phase 1 building will generate construction jobs and a substantial economic impact while also creating ripple effects throughout Macon County.

The completed project could be transformational, he added.

An economic impact analysis conducted by the University of Alabama’s Center of Business & Economic Research shows the project will bring $386 million in new economic capital investment when fully built.

The project will add over 1,000 new direct jobs and 863 indirect jobs, according to the analysis, which was commissioned by Farpoint.

Farpoint, which has an office in Asheville, North Carolina, is actively marketing the Phase 1 building as an industrial facility for lease. The development will offer design-build, leaseback programs for industry throughout the site.

“We are very excited to launch the REAL Park alongside our strong local partners such as Opportunity Alabama, MCEDA, and of course the Bassett brothers,” said Justin Patwin, managing director at Farpoint.

“In many ways we think this project could become a regional catalyst for broader economic opportunities and reinforce the State of Alabama as a destination for global commerce,” he added.

Prime Location

The park is located two miles north of Tuskegee and 15 miles from Auburn. The location is less than 35 miles from the Kia auto assembly plant in West Point, Georgia and around 50 miles from the Hyundai manufacturing plant in Montgomery.

Turnham said the REAL Park development team has met with the Alabama Department of Commerce and numerous utilities as well as consultants in industrial development and believes that the development of a large logistics park will meet current market demand head on.

“REAL Park will better position Macon County to take full advantage of economic growth along the I-85 corridor,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“Having an available building onsite will kickstart the development team’s efforts to quickly capitalize on the possibilities in industries such as automotive, aerospace, forest products and manufacturing,” he added.

638-acre industrial park to be built in Macon County

MACON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Big economic news for Macon County with the announcement of the Regional East Alabama Logistics Park, or R.E.A.L Park.

“You can see it, you can dream it, you can feel it. The early clients that we’ve shown the site to have been very ecstatic about it and very excited about maybe being some of the first tenants here,” said Joe Turnham, executive director of the Macon County Economic Development Authority.

The 638-acre site is located at the site of Beck’s Turf Farm at the corner of County Road 53 and Highway 186 at Exit 42, which is the Wire Road exit.

“This is a humongous accomplishment for economic development in Macon County. We have a site here that can rival any along the I-85 corridor in Alabama or Georgia,” said Turnham.

The Regional East Alabama Logistics Park, or R.E.A.L Park, is becoming a reality with the help of a partnership between MCEDA, landowners and Farpoint Development, which is headquartered in Chicago.

REAL Park Map

“So the plan is to get a tenant for the first one, then start the next one and try to be a building ahead all the time here on the site,” said Turnham.

The three-phase project will feature approximately 13 buildings and 5 million total square feet of finished buildings over a seven to 10-year period. The first phase will feature the construction of a 169,000 square foot expandable “grade A” industrial commercial structure, or “spec building.”

The construction of the first building will begin April 4 and is slated to be finished towards the end of 2022.

“We can host about four to five million square feet of space where we would be able to have industrial assets and manufacturing facilities,” said Justin Patwin, managing director for Farpoint Development.

Farpoint commissioned the Center of Business and Economic Research from the University of Alabama to do an economic impact analysis that shows the project will bring $386,000,000 in new economic capital investment when fully built, and over 1,000 new direct jobs and 863 indirect jobs. Local taxes generated will be in the millions of dollars per year at full completion.

“I think that the investment that we’re making in Macon County is also significant. We’re hoping that through the development, we can bring at least 1,000 jobs to Macon County, and that’ll have large implications on the tax revenue that’s generated both for the county as well as the state,” said Patwin.

Farpoint is already actively marketing the building to potential company tenants.

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How a Black journalist from Alabama and a White journalist from Maine are helping unite their communities

Tuskegee, Alabama — Alabama's Tuskegee News has never had a journalist like Amy Miller. She lives more than 1,000 miles from Tuskegee, and from fellow journalist Guy Trammell — with whom she shares a twice-monthly column called "Color Us Connected."

"I had this idea … about doing a column from a White perspective and trying to match it with somebody doing it from a Black perspective," Miller said.

Their column also runs in the newspaper covering Miller's community in South Berwick, Maine.

The idea came to her after her mostly White New England town became sister cities with the predominately Black Southern city where Trammell lives. Tuskegee welcomed South Berwick residents to visit as part of the exchange and the hospitality was returned in Maine, with dinners of coastal delicacies and town tours.

"This is one opportunity to actually bring people together. Instead of a divided States, we're really the United States," Trammell said.

They don't write about politics. Instead, they share a slice of life from their unique perspectives as a Black man in the South and a White woman in the North.

"Now we feel like we're walking together toward the progress we want to make in this country," Miller said.

"Once you move from communication to relationships, something real can take place and that's what's happening here," Trammell added.

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