DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama has hit an all-time low for the availability of quality-sized buildings for industrial projects.
“For us, industrial spaces have been eaten up over the last few years so it’s been a challenge and we’re grateful for Sam Houston Industrial Park for reopening back up,” Mayor Mark Saliba said.
For the past 6 months, the park that has been idle has been brought back to life — construction has been taking place on a $57 million dollar FedEx Ground facility, and now, work will begin on a 100,000 square foot Shell spec building that will sit on a 41-acre lot.
“This is going to put us in the forefront for some more opportunities projects now want to get on the ground fast,” Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce president Matt Parker said. “About 85 percent of your projects are looking for available buildings, speed to market, and capturing that opportunity.”
An opportunity that could bring in 75- 200 jobs alone. Parker said one manufacturing distribution will likely be chosen for the spec building — the building has been submitted for a number of projects before work has begun.
“These are searches where you are competing with 12 or 15 other states but it gives you something to submit if you don’t have a project to market you don’t exist,” Parker said.
City officials believe both projects, the FedEx facility, and spec building are scheduled to be completed by the fall of this year.