A 50,000-square-foot shell building designed to attract new industry to Halifax County sits on the hill at the entrance to Southern Virginia Technology Park, overlooking Highway 58 on the outskirts to South Boston.

The Halifax Industrial Development Authority has placed a banner on the outside of the building advertising the space is for lease, which IDA executive director Kristy Johnson pointed out at Friday’s board meeting.

Johnson also shared the news that the Greensboro, North Carolina-based construction contractor, the Samet Corporation, has completed its Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) permit process and has approximately $18,000 leftover after completing that process.

Those leftover funds will be returned to the IDA, Johnson said, terming the extra money an “early Christmas present.”

The Samet Corporation broke ground on the shell building in March 2020, and the price tag of the building was $3.6 million.

The shell building was ideally designed for a manufacturing company.

Halifax IDA board treasurer Rick Harrell also reported on the organization’s finances at the meeting.

He shared with the board the IDA currently has $690,362.33 in non-encumbered funds in its Benchmark bank account.

Harrell made a motion to approve the financials for the month of October, board vice-chair Jeremy Satterfield seconded the motion, and the board approved the financials in a unanimous vote, with two board members — Nettie Simon-Owens and Ryland Clark — absent from the meeting.

In other action at Friday’s brief meeting, the board approved a deed of easement for fiber for Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation at 2135 Philpott Road.

The board also approved a three-year lease renewal for Old Dominion Packaging, located at 1130 Industrial Park Road, and a two-year lease renewal for TMI Autotech, Inc., located at 1201 Industrial Park Road.