Prospective industry may bring 100 jobs to area

Published 12:15 am Tuesday, June 4, 2019


NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has a prospective buyer for a 140-acre plot of land at the old International Paper site for a chemical industry codenamed “Project Apollo.”

Chandler Russ, the executive director of Natchez Inc., said Project Apollo is estimated to bring $120 million worth of capital improvements to the site and create upwards of 100 jobs.

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Certain details about the project could not be disclosed at this time, Russ said.

During Monday’s meeting with the Adams County Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to exercise an agreement with the company allowing them to survey the property for up to 180 days to determine whether they could feasibly locate the industry there, during which time the county would refrain from leasing or selling the land to any other prospective buyers.

“The company will do their due diligence during that time,” Russ said. “They’ll do engineering and feasibility studies on the site to determine whether they want to move forward with it.”

In other matters during the Adams County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, the board:

  • Heard an update from Natchez Adams County Recreation Commission Chairman Jimmy Ware, who said sports programs are up and going and the community pool off of Liberty Road has posted a swim schedule that allows room for cleaning as well as practice time for Cathedral School’s swim teams and the Special Olympics. The pool hours are 2 p.m. to 6 on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday for adult swimmers only.
  • Unanimously approved a letter of support for the City of Natchez to apply for a Build Grant for the construction of a boat ramp facility Under the Hill to be used by Mississippi River cruise vessels for docking.
  • Unanimously approved budget amendments of $171,739.14 for the Information Technology department, $403,100.01 for the Adams County Sheriff’s office, $25,910 for the fire departments and $43,415 for the road department to reflect prior purchase agreements for new computer equipment and radios.
  • Went into executive session, Slover said, to discussed potential litigation pertaining to the last two months of billing from the county’s previous trash collection provider Waste Pro and potential litigation with a contractor for infrastructure repairs. The board also discussed potential lease or sale of property at the old International Paper site and the Belwood Levee.