Corinth's Wurlitzer property to get upgrade

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A plan to develop a highly marketable economic development property at the Corinth Industrial Park on Fulton Drive moves into its next phase with selection of an engineering firm to conduct an environmental study.
Corinth’s city board chose PPM/Cook Coggin Engineers this week from eight professional services proposals they received to help make improvements to the city-owned Wurlitzer property.
“We wanted to achieve getting into economic development and to do that you have to have a facility to bring industry to,” said Mayor Tommy Irwin. “The building right now is an eyesore, but if you remove that it’s one of the best pieces of industrial property in the city.”
The city had been leasing a portion of the building to FCA Inc. and worked with the company over several months to help it relocate to another building, the former Gateway Corp. plant on Shiloh Road.
“It worked out because the Gateway facility handled wood products and what FCA makes is wood boxes,” Irwin said. “It took several months of massaging it, but it gave them a really better facility for their work.”
The city will negotiate an agreement with PPM/Cook Coggin, which had done a site study in 1999, said Dave Huwe, director of planning and community development. Updating the information from the previous study will help determine the scope of what must be done next.
“This involves doing some actual sampling of materials, possibly in-ground, investigating what might be on the site,” Huwe said. “At that point if there is some contamination that needs cleanup, depending on the scope, we’d probably apply for a grant to assist with cleanup, but those grant opportunities come later in the year.”