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The proposed Kinderton Technology Campus
SoVaNow.com / March 10, 2021


Mecklenburg County is seeking a $28,000 grant from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) to pay for a due diligence study for the 121-acre Kinderton Technology Campus on Iron Gate Road near Clarksville.

The total project cost will be $56,000. The county will provide $28,000 in local matching funds.

The study is the final step needed before the property will be marketed through the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to technology companies looking to relocate to Mecklenburg,

The due diligence study can include, among other things, a wetlands survey, geotechnical borings, boundary and topographical survey, cultural resources review, an endangered species review, and a Phase I environmental site assessment.

The request, if approved, would come from the county’s share of Southside economic development funds administered by the TRRC.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support development and expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. To accomplish these objectives, the Partnership focuses on business recruitment, expansion, and international trade through its offices in Virginia, Germany, Japan, and South Korea.

Currently the site is rated a Tier 2 on a 5-point scale that assesses a sites readiness for development and marketing. According to County Administrator Wayne Carter, “the site already has infrastructure and two areas that are pad ready. Completion of the due diligence is all that remains to receive a Tier 4/Tier 5 Certification.”

VEDP will only market sites that are certified as Tier 4 or Tier 5.

The Kinderton Technology Campus is Mecklenburg County’s only industrial park that does not currently hold a Tier 4 or Tier 5 certification. With only one other available site that is certified “business ready” in Mecklenburg County, Carter said “it is critical for the Kinderton Technology Campus to be marketed by VEDP to continue bringing more economic opportunity for the county and region.”

Other county sites that are prepped for tech employers have been taken off by the market by Microsoft, which has purchased most of the land at three other sites, Hillcrest Industrial Park in South Hill, Roanoke River Regional Business Park located between La Crosse and Brodnax, and Lakeside Commerce Park outside of Clarksville.

In its application to the TRRC, the county expressed optimism “that with marketing assistance from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Kinderton Technology Campus will quickly attract industry from outside the region.” It estimated the number of potential jobs that could come to the area once the park is occupied could be as many as 300.

Mecklenburg County has received a quote from Timmons Group to complete the due diligence study and is prepared to match half of the requested funds. It is expected that the study can be completed by June 30.

This project parallels the first goal of the Southside Planning District Commission’s 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to attract new business, industry, and job creation. The CEDS encourages localities to develop shovel-ready sites in their communities with Tier 5 capabilities being the optimal goal. This project also aligns with Mecklenburg County’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan economic development strategies to recruit new industry and expand existing industry.



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