2017-11-22 / Front Page

Gateway hurdle remains

“No ground will be broken in the immediate future,” according to an attorney with the law firm representing the owner of a parcel property needed for the Gateway Project.

The law firm’s statement was in response to the article — ‘Gateway’ construction hurdles finally cleared — in last week’s News.

More specifically, to the following paragraph...

Bid documents are being prepared for the construction phase which Crozier hopes to start in December. “We were hoping to begin the construction phase in September,” Crozier stated. “But, some litigation occurred during the property acquisition phase that delayed the project about eight months.”

The attorney, J. William Bass Jr., of South Georgia Law Associates in Thomasville, represents the owner of the Hamp Clark Estate which owns almost 19 acres which would be part of the proposed project.

“The estate and the City are still waiting on a DOT appraisal of the site,” Bass noted. “Then there will presumably be a negotiation regarding the value of the property, and then finally a condemnation action in Early County Superior Court if all else fails.”

The “A” tract in the accompanying plat of the proposed Gateway project reflects the 18.9 acres owned by the Hamp Clark Estate.

The “B” tract represents 2.9 acres already acquired. The City of Blakely has already purchased wetlands mitigation credits for that 2.9 acres.

Also, shown on the plat is property for the “proposed Clardy Road” already owned by the City.

The city is currently studying whether or not to start clearing some of the 2.9 acres prior to the acquisition of the Clarke property.

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