Berry updates city on Spring Branch

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 12/13/17

Doug Berry, vice president of Economic Development for the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, visited Monday's Cleveland City Council work session with a presentation of progress at the …

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Berry updates city on Spring Branch

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Doug Berry, vice president of Economic Development for the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, visited Monday's Cleveland City Council work session with a presentation of progress at the new Spring Branch Industrial Park.

The 331-acre business development is a combination effort of the city of Cleveland and Bradley County. There are 200 acres available in nine parcels to industrial recruits.

Berry provided Council members with statistics on development progress, recruitment possibilities, and photographs of ongoing work — including drone views of the industrial park South of Cleveland just to the east of Interstate 75.

His review emphasized that the original contract for roadway and utilities was $4,849,761, but underruns have resulted in a savings of $269,891.

These funds are being utilized in a $1,189,668 contract with TVA for mass grading.

There is also a stream and wetland mitigation and restoration cost of $456,421, design for utilities and mass grading of $86,000, construction inspection by Ragan-Smith of $145,000, and $40,100 for the design of lot 1 by Michael Brady Inc.

The combination expense, including total design, inspection and mitigation, totals an anticipated $6,497,059.

Berry's visuals included the conceptual master plan for the Spring Branch Industrial Park, mass grading of lots 2, 4 and 5, and the conceptual layout and grading plan for lot 1.

"This is the concept plan we've worked with since 2012," said the chamber official, as he displayed an overhead view of the interchange, named for Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

He said the development is at a current disadvantage due the inability of having construction pads ready.

"Most prospects want property ready with the pads formed," said Berry. "Pad development is a key (in recruitment)."

He said work is continuing, despite the approach of the winter season.  A few months back the park was handicapped by unseasonal rainfall which swept through the area in four storm incidents.

In one of those incidents, an inch of rainfall was recorded on the industrial park site in eight minutes, overpowering stormwater anticipations.

Berry added that they have stabilized those conditions, added a detention area, are working on a pumping station at the site, and next week will be starting stone placement on the roadways.

For lot 1, they are hoping to received some site preparation funding from the state.

"I'm very proud of the park we're developing, although I was disappointed by the storm incidents," Berry said.

He also expressed his appreciation for the assistance of Cleveland Utilities in the park's progress. "They are a very critical partner," he said.

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