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South Boston supports new visitor’s center

South Boston Town Council came out of closed session Monday evening and approved a resolution supporting a joint application for funds to assist purchase and development of a new visitor’s center. The resolution supports a joint application by the Halifax County and South Boston Industrial Development authorities to the Tobacco Commission for $498,000 to assist with the purchase and development of a new visitor’s center.

Both IDAs and the Halifax County Board of Supervisors had previously approved similar resolutions at prior meetings.

The two entities are teaming with the Halifax County Office of Tourism to jointly seek a $498,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to fund a visitor’s center on Route 58 in South Boston.

Approximately $100,000 will be needed to purchase the property, $335,000 to purchase the building and $273,000 for renovations, with the South Boston IDA and Halifax County IDA each contributing $105,000.

Council approved two additional resolutions at Monday’s meeting, one honoring the late Judge Irvin D. Sugg Sr., and the other commending Chris Lumsden’s service to the Halifax Educational Foundation.

Judge Sugg, a native of South Boston, served the citizens of Southside Virginia for over 32 years as an “outstanding jurist and attorney,” according to the resolution in his memory, and he also served his community as a member of the South Boston School Board and Planning Commission.

Lumsden, a South Boston resident, was honored for his service to a number of community activities, including the Halifax Educational Foundation, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Halifax County Economic Development Council and the Virginia Community College System Board of Trustees.

Halifax County IDA Project Update

Halifax County Industrial Development Director Mike Sexton updated council on an IDA project for extension of transmission lines to Riverstone Industrial Park.
The 115kv transmission line would cover a seven-mile area and is designed and engineered to provide the power infrastructure needed to attract a data center or large power use to the park, according to Sexton.

Sexton estimated construction of the project would proceed at a rate of one mile a month for seven months.

Rights of way will need to be obtained to allow construction to begin as soon as a prospect has committed to locating in the county.

A public information meeting has been set for Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. at Riverstone Center, with all potentially impacted landowners receiving invitations.

That meeting is open to the public, and Dominion Virginia Power will have representatives at the meeting to answer questions.

Sexton also updated council on an IDA application for a $3.1 million grant to the Southside Economic Development Committee of the Tobacco Commission.

Part of that grant funding would be used for the design, engineering and preparation of bid/construction documents for a 60,000 square foot expandable speculative shell building at Riverstone.

The Halifax County IDA recently adopted a resolution supporting the application.

September Meeting Date Changed
Council voted to move its September council meeting date to Sept. 11 at 8 a.m., immediately before its final session at its bi-annual planning retreat at Berry Hill Resort.