Industrial park infrastructure nears completion

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Albino Aragon of K. Barnett Construction operates a grader down the road being constructed at the Clovis Industrial Park site south of Clovis.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Infrastructure work on the 240-acre Clovis Industrial Park located in south Clovis is nearly complete, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry.

Construction started 18 months ago, according to Gentry. He said paving of Curry Road K, the main sewer line and a majority of the main water line have been completed.

He said about $3 million in state and federal grants have paid for the infrastructure work at the park.

Gentry said the last parts of infrastructure, which includes sewer and storm sewer lines and the main road inside the park, called Enterprise Drive, should be completed in October.

“With this infrastructure improvement we’re ready to go with sites,” he said.

He said electrical and gas lines will be installed once a company starts building in the park.

Gentry said CIDC is trying to obtain funding for a rail spur in the park. He estimates that piece of the park to cost about $1 million. He said the economic-development arm of the city has submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

There are 25 lots that range from 10 acres to 20 acres available for industrial-based business to locate in the park.

“You could combine lots or adjust those lines,” he said

The park already has two tenants that will produce biodiesel once their facilities are completed.

The construction of the 15-million gallon a year Clovis Biodiesel plant was about 80 percent complete when it was halted in February. Plant officials said one of the partners of the project faced funding issues. Located in the southwest corner of the park, the plant, would produce the alternative fuel from soy bean and canola oil.

Gentry said he has not heard from Clovis Biodiesel officials when construction might resume. Company officials asked in February for a one-year extension on its $15.3 million industrial revenue bond agreement from the city.

Gentry said American Renewable Fuels plans to start construction of a 75-million gallon-a-year biodiesel plant in August in the northern section of the park.

The Australia-based company will produce the alternative fuel from rendered animal fat.