A prospective industry or business could be on the horizon for Halifax County.
Halifax County Board of Supervisors plan to meet with Halifax County Industrial Development Authority in closed session starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, and depending on how discussions go, agreements could be signed after supervisors return to open session. Open session for supervisors is slated to start at 10 a.m. in the Mary Bethune Office Complex
“Agreements could be anywhere from a lease to a performance agreement,” said county administrator Scott Simpson.
The agenda states the two entities are to meet in closed session to hold “discussions concerning a prospective business or industry or the expansion of an existing business or industry where no previous announcement has been made of the business’ or industry’s interest in locating or expanding its facilities in the community.”
The agenda also goes on to list business prospects of “Project P and Project S.”
Simpson declined to elaborate on what those business prospects are or if Project P is “Project Phoenix.”
Earlier this year, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission awarded the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority a $250,000 grant for Project Phoenix, a proposed $6.6 million hemp processing facility.
Project Phoenix, according to the IDA’s grant application with the tobacco commission, is projected to purchase $50 million in hemp from Virginia’s farmers in just three years, with 41 direct employees and hundreds of ancillary jobs.
The proposed project calls for $2,100,000 in local matching funds and $4,250,000 in private funds.
According to the grant application, site and equipment were expected to be selected by the end of last year with facility construction completion and investment in extraction equipment completed by the end of 2020.
By the end of the year, 23 full-time employees are expected to be hired, and 432,000 pounds of hemp are expected to be purchased for production.
Simpson said more information should be available on this the latter part of Friday.
Also Friday morning, supervisors plan to hold a public hearing when they return to open session for a conditional use permit for “Good Hope Equestrian Training Center.”
Murray and Margaret Bass submitted the application for the permit to open the facility on Wild Turkey Run in Halifax.
The application states the facility will offer an “all-inclusive equestrian model, serving able-bodied and disabled riders of all ages.”
The proposed location consists of approximately 171.81 acres, with 30 acres used for the training facility, the application states. The new facility also will be comprised of living quarters for Mr. and Mrs. Bass with 10 horse stalls and attached area.
They plan to operate Tuesday-Saturday and hire at least two employees, according to the application.
Public attendance at the hearing will be permitted, subject to social distancing, and no more than 10 members of the public will be allowed in the meeting room at any time.
Additional citizens may wait outside the public meeting room, at appropriate distances from each other, until permitted to enter the public meeting room.
In other business, Detrick Easley, Halifax County zoning administrator/code compliance officer, plans to seek approval of a vacate plat, and Otis Vaughan, building official, plans to give an update on the courthouse project.
Supervisors also are slated to consider a resolution to adjust meeting dates for 2020-2021.
The board also is expected to recognize county staff and make any necessary appointments.