CSX has laid the groundwork for development of rail-served industrial properties in Alabama and Georgia through its Select Site program.
In partnership with location consultant The Austin Co., CSX pre-certifies that sites located along its network are ready for development so that prospective manufacturers and other businesses can make decisions about where to locate plants and distribution centers with the certainty of quick construction because land-use issues and other potential concerns have been addressed in advance. Certification criteria includes size, access to rail services, proximity to highways, workforce availability, utility hook ups, completed environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, air-quality permitting and other attributes. CSX then uses its resources to help promote the site.
CSX said Thursday it has designated the 415-acre Wasden Road/I-65 industrial site in Montgomery, Ala., a CSX Select Site. The property is zoned for manufacturing.
Since its inception two years ago, 13 locations across the 23-state CSX network have received a Select Site designation.
Earlier this week, CSX announced that Israel-based Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd., a maker of quartz countertops, will build its first U.S. manufacturing facility at the 1,100-acre Belfast Commerce Centre, a new CSX Select Site in Bryan County, Ga.
The property is managed by TerraPointe Services, a real estate subsidiary of Rayonair.
Caesarstone will invest about $100 million in a 265,000-square-foot facility as the popularity of quartz grows in the United States, CSX said.
Belfast features 8,800 feet of onsite rail, two miles of frontage on I-95 and direct rail access to the Port of Savannah (16 miles distance) via CSX and the Riceboro Southern Railway. Manufacturers can start construction in as few as 60 days because all permits are in place, CSX and TerraPointe said.
Belfast Commerce Centre is approved for 10.5 million square feet of industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, office and commercial space.