WIND TURBINE UPDATE:
The City’s wind turbine is now spinning and generating energy savings for the wastewater treatment plant located nearby. City Manager Rick Pollitt said on Friday, “The most recent electric bills indicate a two-thirds reduction in electricity costs. The project is virtually complete and should be turned over to the City in a matter of a couple of weeks.”
GREEN SPACE AT CITY DOCK:
Things are moving ahead at the City Dock with the $100,000+ Green Space Project, the last part of the $1.3 million restoration there. According to City Manager, Rick Pollitt, there will be “natural plantings, historical markers, benches to enjoy the sunsets, picnic tables, and a small gazebo for music entertainment and such. We hope to have much of the project completed by early July.”
Tom Spangler and Kevin Hill of Spangler Strategic Advisors, LLC have signed an Option Agreement with the City of Crisfield on March 29, 2017 and have one year to purchase Carvel Hall for $200,000. During the year prior to settlement, SSA expects to spend roughly $200,000 for environmental and physical audits of the property. If the purchase goes forward, they expect to redevelop the exterior and interior of the 70,000 SF building area and 23 + acres of land area as well as resolve all contamination issues remaining following the use of the property previously for cutlery making. They have previous experience in developing brown field sites like Carvel Hall, and have identified 5 potential uses for the building once any remaining environmental issues and renovations are complete. SSA projects as many as 68 fulltime or part-time jobs at the facility related to renewable energy generation, specialty nutrient blending, electronics assembly, machining, and UAS assembly and tests. City Manager, Rick Pollitt, said after meeting with SSA last week that, “Things are going extremely well with close collaboration between their team and the Maryland Department of Environment.” After being closed for almost 20 years, this will be a real step forward for Crisfield and a boost to job opportunities here.
Meanwhile, Phoenix Solar is leasing a portion of the Carvel Hall property from the City for storage of solar farm materials, which are being trucked in every day. This is a new, small, but much needed revenue stream for the City.