BOS supports ‘Project Peanut’

Published 3:18 pm Friday, September 4, 2020

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The Charlotte County Board of Supervisors (BOS) held a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 31, and unanimously approved adopting a resolution in support of a grant application related to “Project Peanut,” an economic development endeavor the county has yet to announce fully.

According to County Administrator Dan Witt, making any comments or releasing details could jeopardize pending grant applications, which could kill the project.

Before the vote, supervisor, Donna Fore made a motion for the BOS to go into closed session to discuss the project because she wanted to know more about what was being voted on.

“I just want to know what we are working on,” Fore said. “What type of product is it?’

Fore also asked Witt how long the project had been in the works.

“More than a year,” Witt replied.

Witt did say it was a wood product.

Following the closed session, members agreed to the resolution of support of the utilization of industrial access railroad track funds.

A copy of the resolution states VASDC Property, LLC has expressed its intent and desire to the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors to locate its commercial, business, or industrial operations in the Heartland park.

Documents note that VASDC Property will require rail access.

The resolution further states VASDC intends to apply for Industrial Access Railroad Track Funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation in the amount of $385,000.

Monday’s vote means the BOS supports the Commonwealth Transportation Board in providing the maximum financial assistance to VASDC Property, LLC, for the purpose of locating its industrial facility in the county.

It is uncertain as to when county officials will release full details on this project.