WINFIELD, W.Va. - Putnam County officials are readying about 12 more acres of land in the county's business park, County Commissioner Steve Andes announced Tuesday.
The Putnam Business Park, located along U.S. 35, has 205 acres and about 50 of those have developed businesses on the north side of the highway, according to Gary Walton, director of the Putnam Development Authority.
Chemical company Solutia, which owns land in Nitro, needs dirt to fill 275,000 cubic yards at their site, and has agreed to level land on the south side of U.S. 35. The company will level the land at no cost to the county in exchange for the dirt, Walton said.
"When they move the dirt we'll end up with flat land," Walton said, who expects the company to start on the project in the spring.
Solutia will also construct an access road on the site. The land on the south side of U.S. 35 the county owns hasn't been developed and is made up of three hills, according to Walton.
"They'll take down two [hills]," Walton said. "By the time they're out [the land] will be saleable."
In other business, the county was awarded $100,000 from the state Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to continue upgrading windows at the courthouse.