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Next steps in Posey Co. fertilizer plant project discussed

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MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE) -

The Redevelopment Commission in Posey County met Tuesday night to discuss the next steps to get the Midwest Fertilizer plant under construction. 

The meeting focused in on two things- the creation of a bypass and TIF financing, or tax increment financing.

An engineering firm called American Structurepoint presented a timeline detailing when they expect to have the bypass completed. 

The plan right now is to create a four and a half mile, two-lane roadway that goes around the downtown area to keep trucks going to and from the fertilizer plant from driving through the city. 

They hope to have the bypass completed before the plant is scheduled to open in 2017.

Those 14 News spoke with on Tuesday say they're in support of the project.

"Bypass they're going to have on going around the town is a terrific idea. It's also going to help as far as trucks having to come through town and be able to move around. That'll be real good, too. But I look for the growth of Mt. Vernon to really expand in the next coming years," says resident Trent Taylor.

An attorney explained what the commission needs to do to start the process of creating TIF districts near the plant to lead to more development. 

There will public meetings in the near future, specifically to discuss the bypass and get the community's input. The next one is planned to be sometime in February. 

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