Huntsville’s Road to Success Should Give Hope to Local Megasite Supporters

January 22, 2018

Similarities with Huntsville-Limestone should give hope to supporters of the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite, Battle said. For one thing, both sites are partnerships between a large city with another county. Huntsville, which is located in Madison County, actually has annexed the site in Limestone County. While Greensboro hasn’t annexed property in Randolph County, the city has committed to providing water to the megasite and is heavily involved in the project. Another comparison involves the years of planning that have gone into both megasites. Although Huntsville-Limestone had a bare-bones site a decade ago, planners have made significant changes to ready it for the automobile plant. Plans for the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite go back to around 2010 with land acquisition following a couple of years later. As with Huntsville-Limestone, the Liberty site was improved significantly after the first big potential client came calling. Improvements included adding more land to fill in gaps, and soil and groundwater assessments. Now they both can say they’ve been in second place. But that’s not all bad, Battle said. “Second place puts you in the spotlight,” he said. “Everybody knows about you for development in the future.


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