Monday, May 3, 2021

Movement at McGinness today (Monday, May 3, 2021)

An employee of ECS Mid-Atlantic was spotted at the former McGinness Airport this afternoon. A backhoe was also present, and its operator was excavating the ground into shallow "mini-crop circles" at various locations.

In February, Columbia Borough contracted with ECS for "geotechnical services" at a cost of $24,500, and "environmental services" at $66,285. (The borough also hired ELA Group for "site analysis/master planning" at a cost of $54,000.) The total cost of this testing will weigh in at about $144,000, whether or not the borough purchases the property. The purchase price is expected to be about $1,495,000.

The timeline presented by the borough is as follows:

August 25, 2020 - Authorization to Negotiate the Purchase

  • September & October 2020 – Borough & Trustees review proposed sales agreement
  • October 13, 2020 – Approval of Contract with GAVIN
  • February 23, 2021 – Approval to contract with ELA & ECS for Due Diligence preparation
  • May 2021 – Complete Due Diligence process
  • June 2021 – Final Determination to purchase property
  • July 2021 – If approved, purchase land and begin development process

The property is zoned "Light Business." Anticipated uses for the site include:
  • Technology & Innovation Park
  • Light Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Business


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