Panama City Realty office seeking developers for Chipley project

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

“It definitely has proximity to rail,” Bowman said, “and I think that proximity to rail is a very strong benefit of the location, along with access to Interstate 10.”

The city of Chipley is currently working with a consultant to find grant money to extend water lines south of I-10. A lack of water and sewer lines is another factor limiting development along the interstate, said Jim Town of Chipley, a licensed real estate broker.

“Sewer and water services from Chipley are not developed south of I-10 at this time, but a large industrial, commercial, or residential development might opt to have its own sewer and water facilities rather than deal with municipal plant capacities in Chipley,” Town said. “Having access to the Chipley wastewater pipe that crosses the property en route to the spray field might be a positive factor for actual site planning.”

Town said the amount of wetlands found in the proposed 1,100 acre-site could limit the amount of development.

The plans distributed by Simmering Sands Realty show water lines existing south of I-10.

“To the best of my knowledge, the preliminary environment studies have not been completed, so the actual number of acres usable is probably significantly less when adjusted for wetlands, flood plains, or underlying karst issues, so without knowing the actual usable acres, it’s impossible to determine how large a plant could be built,” Town said. 

“For comparison, the Kia car plant in West Point, Ga., is on a 2,200 acre site, so something less than 1,100 net usable acres may not attract a car plant, or similar use, but there are many smaller industrial facilities that might be attracted and create local jobs,” Town said.

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