Land deal a step forward for area

Published 12:01 am Sunday, March 16, 2008

The future of Adams County may be riding on the next two weeks.

At least the future we’ve been planning on, anyway.

The long-talked about Rentech plant should take a giant leap toward reality sometime between now and April Fool’s Day.

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The company, the county and International Paper have said they plan to do a little land swapping by April 1, probably March 28.

The plan — as they’ve outlined it — involves 800 acres of land and several deeds.

Land will first go from IP to the county, then from the county to Rentech. The process should go quickly, officials have said.

Sounds like a pretty clear-cut plan, doesn’t it?

Barring any unforeseen bumps, the transactions should go smoothly, making Rentech even more of a reality.

Once the company lines up investors, finalizes construction plans and begins work, the future of Adams County will follow a new path.

When IP’s Natchez mill closed, many residents thought Natchez would never have a major industry in town again. IP’s closure ended hundreds of valuable jobs, forever changing the community, as we know it.

Rentech could change our community, too.

If Rentech’s plans come to fruition, Adams County will quickly need more housing, more work-force training and maybe more shops and restaurants.

Those are good problems to have.

And rarely do we all get the luxury of sitting back and watching the future arrive.