City’s legal agreement included work at Cenergy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Star-News received phone calls on Tuesday reporting city workers “pouring concrete” at Cenergy, formerly the Piggly Wiggly and the Corner Market.

Contacted via email in Korea, where he is traveling with Mayor Earl Johnson and Industrial Board Chairman Ed Short, city clerk John Thompson said that city labor was part of the city of Andalusia’s memorandum of agreement with owner M. Anthony King.

In February, the Andalusia City Council approved a resolution that would rebate a portion of the sales taxes collected at businesses planned there.

Dubbed the Corner Market redevelopment project with King as the developer, the project includes the addition of high-speed diesel pumps, a convenience store, sporting goods, a custom meat market, and the existing restaurant.

The agreement also said that the city would assist with improvements to the entrance are, Thompson said, with King providing all of the materials. Yesterday, USA Concrete was on site pouring concrete, and a crew of city workers was helping spread it.

At the time the agreement was approved, Johnson said the development, a more than $1 million project, is important because it is at a high profile entrance to Andalusia, and it will create 30 to 40 jobs.