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The Stockdale Industrial Park is filling, and soon will house a new tenant --Canada’s Gibson Energy. The company is waiting for final closure from the title company. At the same time, a current tenant -- Fox Chapel Oil Field Services -- is requesting more land for its expanding operation.

The two land acquisitions were discussed during the April 8 meeting of the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC).

SEDC President Frank Bain Jr. said that he and Director Ginger Coleman reviewed Gibson Energy’s initial land acquisition agreement as approved during the March 16 SEDC meeting. (See March 19 “Canada’s Gibson Energy eyes Stockdale for expansion.”) After changes and review by SEDC attorney Trent Rowell, Bain said the agreement was signed by Gibson Energy, and was forwarded to a title company for closing.

Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin said Gibson Energy will hire 60 employees at this location and generate $6,000 in sales-tax revenue annually for the city.

An existing industrial park tenant, FCG Industries -- doing business as Fox Chapel Oil Field Services -- is expanding and recently requested an additional 6 acres in the park, at a cost of $14,300 per acre.

SEDC Administrator Johnny Stahl said Fox Chapel currently has 25 employees on the site, and anticipates 30 more.

Fox Chapel, currently working on a lease-to-purchase basis, should complete two structures on its current site within 60 days, Bain said.

With Fox Chapel’s request for more acreage, Bain suggested rolling the two agreements into one, at a 7-percent interest rate over 72 months. He also suggested the agreement include a “due-on-sale” clause, to prevent the company from selling the property instead of developing or utilizing it.

The SEDC will carry the $458,640 note, which comprises $200,000 for the building and $258,640 for 11.7 acres of land, at $23,364 per acre.

A motion was made and approved to present a financial package to Fox Chapel, consisting of the two notes to be combined into one, including the “due-on-sale” clause. Coleman abstained from voting, due to a conflict of interest.

Akin said Fox Chapel’s 10,000-square-foot building will add $1 million to the city’s ad valorem tax base, bringing $7,000 to $8,000 in revenue to the city.

In addition to these transactions associated with the Eagle Ford shale oil-gas exploration, the directors also addressed the SEDC charter and a utility easement. See related article, 8A.
 

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