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CIC unhappy with development company

By Carol McIntire

Members of the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) stopped short of voting to break a contract with the Texas company in charge of developing the Carroll County Commerce Park, but did express extreme displeasure over the company’s performance to date.

During a meeting Thursday afternoon, CIC members told Kyle Robertson, managing director, development at Mages Corporation, they are unhappy with the company’s efforts to market the Commerce Park and are prepared to break the contract if they do not see proof of their efforts.

The CIC signed a five-year agreement with Mages in March 2012 to develop about 278 acres of land in the Commerce Park, located on the north side of Carrollton on State Route 9.

Robertson, who said he has been on the job about six months, said he is involved in the development, not the marketing department, and, if the CIC was willing to give him some time, he would review the company’s efforts and submit a detailed report.

CIC members noted the only development that has taken place in the park has been generated locally. McJunkin Red Man signed an agreement to purchase land prior to the Mages agreement and a new company looking to build an electricity generating facility worked through Glenn Enslen, the county’s economic development director.

Members asked Robertson to also submit a detailed marketing plan that covers the next year by Jan. 25 to Enslen.

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