Lawyer: Land owners will not sell for megasite

10:36 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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Farmers who own most of the land on a proposed megasite in Jefferson County will not sell it, according to an attorney who spoke at a county commission meeting on Monday.

Scott Hurley says his clients own 1,400 acres of the 1,800 that the county hopes to buy.

Officials want to have the land certified as a so-called "megasite" in hopes of attracting a major automaker to the area, but Hurley says that location isn't going to work because farmers simply will not give up the land.

"Since the property owners have said that they do not want to sell their property, and since commission has promised not to use imminent domain, then the land will not be available," said Hurley.

"It's a really attractive site to a manufacturer, and so I think folks in Jeff Co. badly need jobs, and I think we owe it to them to see if this site works," said Director of Development Garret Wagley.

Wagley stressed that the county is still in the early stages of the process, and they're still having conversations with land owners about their future.

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