(West Harrison, Ind.) - Dearborn County may be getting some new jobs for Christmas as a Ripley County trucking business prepares to relocate.
Final details are being worked out for Milan-based Baylor Trucking to move to West Harrison, off Interstate 74 Exit 169. That’s where the Dearborn County Economic Development Initiative has a shovel-ready site designated as a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, District.
Last Thursday, Dearborn County Council voted unanimously to allow the DCEDI to use $550,000 towards acquiring nearly 42 acres at the site. Paul Kunkel with the DCEDI told council that they were working to close the deal “in the very near future.”
Kunkel said the owner of the property, Tom Stone, had been asking $55,000 per acre, but recently settled for about $40,000 per acre.
The City of Lawrenceburg is also facilitating Baylor Trucking’s move with a $1 million grant through the city’s 10-county regional grant program. Baylor’s request sponsored by the DCEDI could be finalized at a city council meeting on December 27.
The grant request listed the relocation project at a $6.7 million value with 425 jobs.
Kunkel said Hirlinger Chevrolet, West Harrison, purchased an eight acre site in the West Harrison TIF District earlier this year. The car dealer plans to locate to a new facility there as soon as next year.
If the Baylor Trucking relocation becomes reality, there will be about 23 acres remaining in the TIF District.
DCEDI President Mike Rozow credited County Council for their cooperation in moving Dearborn County forward.