Council approves industrial park study

December 04, 2002 12:00 am

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Angels Camp City Council members Tuesday unanimously approved a feasibility study on building an industrial park in the city.

The study, funded by a $16,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service, was conducted by Applied Development Economics of Sacramento. Wes Irvin of the company presented the study to the council, saying that the appropriate size of an Angels Camp industrial park would be 20 to 30 acres.

The typical tenants of such a park would be small manufacturers, fabricators, publishers, food processors and warehouse or equipment companies looking for 1,000 to 20,000 square feet of space and employing from three to 20 workers.

The study identified seven likely sites including areas near Frogtown, on Dogtown Road, Murphys Grade Road and the city spray fields south of town on Whittle Road.

The most promising site, according to the study, is the 32 acres on North Main Street that the study calls Cherokee Flat.

Irvin said Cherokee Flat has easy truck access to Highways 12 and 4 and is zoned suburban commercial.

Infrastructure development — building a road system and supplying sewer and water on site — would cost $2.5 million, far less than at other sites, he said.

An audience member asked where the city could come up with $2.5 million.

City Administrator Tim Shearer said the city has made no plans to buy the property. He explained that the study is a marketing tool to entice developers. Shearer said since the study was done, he has already been contacted by two developers with interest in developing such a park.

Irvin said one common way to develop an industrial park is to identify a user and then apply for a Community Development Block Grant or an Economic Development Administration grant to fund the infrastructure.

The feasibility study is the first step in a process that could lead to development.