- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) - Lamar County is looking for a way to get something use out of the South Lamar Industrial Park near Lumberton, which has sat unoccupied since 2010.

Supervisor Warren Byrd has suggested allowing the land to be leased for cattle grazing or planting on the 290-acre site.

“It’d still be an industrial park,” Byrd said at a recent board meeting. “You’d still have the option for industry. But you’d be bringing some people in to clean it, beautify it, improve the grounds.”

Byrd said the site is overgrown and a magnet for illegal activity.

“A couple farmers were interested in running cows on it, maybe even growing watermelons on it,” he said. “My thinking is, let’s try to do something, try to get it back on the tax rolls. It’s an eyesore right now, and I want to see it cleaned up.”

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1hsbcur ) the park is formerly known as the North Lumberton Industrial Park. It was created in 2004 but part of the original property contained environmentally-sensitive wetlands and two cemeteries, which led to development and certification issues.

In April 2010, the ribbon-cutting took place for the South Lamar Industrial Park.

Byrd said the county could specify in any contract that should the park attract businesses in the future, that the lease agreement would terminate.

“If there were something to happen in the future, then you could do something with it (for an industry) right then,” Byrd said. “But for right now, I just don’t see anything happening, and we’re not going to be able to do something with it in the future if we don’t do something with it right now.”

Supervisors took no action on the proposal.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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