The new Kelly Creek Commerce Park, in Moody, is open. The 172-acre park, the largest park of available sites in St. Clair County, is designed to attract manufacturers, distributors and headquarters of companies.
With prepared sites, the park is being developed by Capstone Real Estate Investments and Graham & Co. Estimates are the park will be able to accommodate five or six companies.
“We understand that without a prepared commerce park for manufacturers, it will be hard to recruit new employers into the city of Moody and the Birmingham region,” said Moody Mayor Joe Lee.
The St. Clair County Commission recently completed improvements to Kelly Creek Road, providing better overall access to the park. Currently the park has more than 100 acres cleared with infrastructure in place.
“When companies are looking at sites and communities for their projects, they are looking for all the great things Kelly Creek Commerce Park has to offer, but readiness is what sets you apart,” said Mike Graham, of Graham & Co.
Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce agreed with Graham. “Having industry-ready sites is a high priority for Alabama’s economic development team today, and the opening of the Kelly Creek Commerce Park in Moody gives us another valuable resource as we pursue growth projects that create jobs for the state’s citizens,” Canfield said.
Don Smith, executive director of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, added that the state’s Growing Alabama program was a critical component to making the park a reality. The program provides a tax credit to eligible taxpayers who make contributions to economic development organizations for approved qualifying projects. Taxpayers who donate to an EDO for approved projects receive a tax credit equal to their donation.