Golf course to be rezoned?

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Brewton’s newest economic partnership with Provalus took another step toward fruition Monday as the Dogwood Hills Municipal Golf Course site rezoning was announced.

The site is currently designated as R-1 low density. On Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m., a public hearing will be held to discuss its change to B-3, general business district.

And along those lines, the city council also approved an architectural agreement with Goodwyn Mills & Caywood for the site’s technology building No. 1. Fee for the sevices was set at 6.5 to 6.7 percent of the construction cost, based on a contractual table of total costs.

The city finalized the $6.5 million tech deal in July to bring, at its peak, 300 new jobs. Provalus, which operates with Optomi LLC, will offer third party IT solutions and help desk for Fortune 2000 companies such as Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Apple, ExxonMobil and Toyota.

The agreement calls for the construction of three buildings on 10 acres of the former Dogwood Hills Golf Course property. The site will serve as Optomi’s “flagship U.S. facility,” corporate officials said.

Mayor Yank Lovelace said Monday Provalus is currently running three bootcamp classes to begin its hiring phase. An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wed., Oct. 25. The 3 p.m. ceremony at Provalus’ downtown location in the former Cracked Pot building will host special guests in Gov. Kay Ivey, state and regional economic development officials and corporate officials.

“I’ve been told Provalus is flying in 50 of its employees to see Brewton,” Lovelace said. “It’s going to be a great day, so come on out.”

In other business, the council:

• donated $2,500 to the boardwalk project at Turtle Point Science Center;

• voted to purchase the former gas distribution plant owned by Dempsey Albritton and located south of the city utilities shop for a price not to exceed $20,000. The site is required to complete the Sowell Road ATRIP paving project, Lovelace said.

• set municipal court and arraignment dates for the 2017-18 fiscal year.