The doors to a speculative building near Grovetown will open Wednesday to prospective tenants.
"They've still not been able to identify a tenant yet, so we're trying to invite local real estate agents and brokers to see the completed building," said Troy Post, the executive director of the Columbia County Development Authority. "It's just kind of an additional marketing way to let people know that the building is available and what the building looks like and what we could do to accommodate a tenant there."
The building, at 4955 Wrightsboro Road near John Deere Parkway, was finished about two years ago through a joint venture with the county's development authority and the private sector, Post said. The open house will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include lunch.
The 50,000-square-foot facility is essentially complete with minor adaptations needed, including the addition of office space, Post said.
If necessary, he said, there is room within the building to slightly increase square footage or to add a partition to allow for multiple-tenant use.
"We're just trying different marketing approaches," he said. "Most communities build these buildings in hopes that they can attract a prospect from somewhere else in the nation to maybe relocate to your area."
In addition, Post said he wants companies in the area to know that the $1.7 million building is available.
"You certainly want a tenant that will pay high wages and employ a sufficient number that makes it feasible to operate out of that building," Post said.
He said he'd like a tenant in the building that could create more jobs and relocate in the area if the business outgrew the facility. Post listed light industrial, small assembly, and distribution and operation companies as possible options.
"In truth, we're really looking for a company right now that would be able to utilize the space that would be a modest employer," he said.
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