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1,900-acre manufacturing facility sought for I-16 megasite
Application could be part of bid to land Volvo plant in Black Creek
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The recently formed Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Joint Corridor Development Authority has filed an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a 1,904.5-acre project site to “construct a mega-site manufacturing facility” at Highway 280 and I-16, according to a public notice filed Thursday.

The site application, asking for authorizations both from the Corps of Engineers and the state of Georgia, is believed to part of a bid to land Volvo’s first U.S. auto plant.

The Swedish-based, Chinese-owned car maker announced in late March that it would spend $500 million to build a manufacturing facility in the U.S., and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is among several newspapers to report that Volvo is considering both the Georgia coast and South Carolina for the site.

In addition, last month, Georgia lawmakers approved more than $17 million to build a manufacturing training center in Pooler.

The application to the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was filed by the Joint Development Authority’s Hugh “Trip” Tollison through agent Alton Brown Jr. of Resource and Land Consultants.

Bryan County Development Authority Chairman Derrick Smith declined Friday to comment on the application or on whether Volvo is considering Bryan County. Smith is on the regional authority along with County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed.

The joint corridor development authority includes members from Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham and Effingham and was formed in the wake of the announced deepening of the Savannah Harbor. It’s reported aim is to work on projects of a regional nature too big for any single county-sized authority to work on.

A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said there is no timeline on permit approval. 


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