Dothan Officials Launch Expandable Spec Building Construction Project
Dothan officials have officially launched a project to construct a 100,000 square foot speculative building in the Sam Houston Industrial Park to better prepare the southeast Alabama city for industrial prospects.
The building will be on a 41-acre site called Lot 3 in the Platted Industrial Park at 102 Austin Court. The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall.
Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said a prospect building is needed to continue driving economic development. Studies indicate that 85% of companies with projects are looking for existing buildings rather than development projects.
“The availability of quality buildings in Alabama needs to be expanded, so seeing the Dothan-Houston County area spearhead this new addition to the state’s building inventory is a great improvement for continued growth. of Alabama in the area of industrial development,” Canfield said.
“We commend all state, county, city and business leaders who are working together to establish this facility to create future opportunities for the Wiregrass region.”
The project was officially launched at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by officials from the City of Dothan, the Houston County Commission, the city’s Industrial Development Board, the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Dothan/Grow Dothan and others.
The specification building will be a finished hull building with only a few items needed for completion including flooring, electrical, sprinkler system and dock/drive-in doors based on the custom requirements of the prospect.
“This project continues to showcase the partnerships we have in our region, from the local to the state level, to work collaboratively to improve our region’s economic development progress and continue to create opportunities. jobs for our residents,” said Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba and the Houston County Commission. President Mark Culver said in a joint statement.
The building will be expandable to add an additional 100,000 square feet, with column spacing of 25 feet by 50 feet and an eave height of 32 feet. It will be serviced by Dothan Utilities (Alabama Municipal Electric Authority) with water, sewer and electrical service. Natural gas service will be provided by Southeast Gas and telecommunications providers will include Troy Cable, Wow!, Spectrum and CenturyLink.
“This approximately $4 million project would not be possible without the teamwork of many entities to develop this project to attract more manufacturing or distribution operations to the region,” said Brad Kimbro, Chairman of the Dothan Region Chamber of Commerce.
“Projects like this take some risk and there are no guarantees, but based on our rich history of undertaking past speculative construction projects, we are confident that now is the right time and the right place to move forward.”
This project represents the fifth speculative building developed in the Dothan region to stimulate economic activity, ranging in size from 40,000 square feet to the current 100,000 square feet.
“We have a great team and we’re all working together to focus on the needs of our region, and this project illustrates the ongoing teamwork we have in our region,” State Representative Dexter Grimsley said.
This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.