Columbus officials are considering selling the city’s Walesboro airport property in the hopes of creating a new industrial park in the area.
Doug Pacheco, a contractor hired by the city to move projects through the city pipeline, told the redevelopment commission last night that the city is working on a request for proposals on what could be done with the airport property.
“I think the city is probably interested in selling that property to a developer, who will come up with a master site plan, that will give us options,” Pacheco said.
City officials have said that the city is running out of large areas suitable for new industrial development.
“Walesboro is the largest and probably the last area of develop-able land of any size in Columbus,” Pacheco said. “The Woodside business park right now is filling up and almost full. So this one has an opportunity to have a rail spur and really promote more of either light industry or research and development. So this is a big deal for the city of Columbus to have an area like that.”
Part of the approval process would be to get state and federal officials to agree that the former airport is not in the flood plain, Pacheco told the Columbus Redevelopment Commission last night.