LaGrange County Approves Public/Private Joint Venture For a New Shell Building

LaGrange, IN. (November 13, 2012)   The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC), in collaboration with Garmong Construction Services, is excited to announce that LaGrange County has approved a funding mechanism which will allow the community to pursue building a new shell building at the Fawn River Crossing Business Park.

In a joint meeting today of the LaGrange County Commissioners and LaGrange County Council, the LCEDC presented Garmong’s plans to erect a new 75,000 square-feet expandable to 150,000 square-feet shell building.  The proposed building will have a 32’ ceiling height, be constructed out of precast concrete, and will incorporate all of the flexibility needed to allow suitors to quickly meet client contract manufacturing commitments.  The LaGrange County Redevelopment Commission had previously voted to financially support the project utilizing TIF dollars.  The Commissioners and Council voted 8-1 in the joint session today to expend TIF dollars in support of this project.

LaGrange County will submit a letter of intent in the next few weeks to their joint-venture partner in the project Garmong Construction Services.  The proposed timeframe for the project is to be able to start marketing the shell building as soon as the first of January 2013, with construction slated to start in March 2013, with the building ready for occupancy by August 2013.  "We are pleased that the LaGrange County Commissioners and Council voted to support this much needed shell building project," said Meredith Cameron, President of the LaGrange County Redevelopment Commission.  “This public-private partnership will go a long way to helping our Fawn River Crossing Business Park continue to grow as a premier location for new business development.”  
"We are thankful for the support we have received on this project from the various governmental bodies in LaGrange County that made pursuing this building possible,” said Keith Gillenwater, President & CEO of the LCEDC.  “This will give LaGrange County and our Northeast Indiana region a huge competitive advantage when competing for business development projects.  There are very few available buildings that meet these modern design specifications that are available, not only in Indiana, but in the Midwest.”

About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation
The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist with business development needs.  The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities.  For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit or call us at 260.499.4994.

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