HAWARDEN—Hawarden’s industrial park received a lot of attention from the Hawarden City Council at its Aug. 24 meeting, with three agenda items pertaining to that land.
The first agenda item was to sell several adjacent tracts of the land located near at the southeast corner of the lot where Bomgaars is located, by the intersections of Highway 12 and 460th Street.
Unanimously approved, the city sold three tracts totaling 5.4 acres at $0.49 per square foot for a total of $116,967 to Brody Nohava, president of Warrior Roofing.
Nohava plans to build a facility on the property for Warrior Roofing to move into.
As he explained at the Aug. 10 city council meeting, his roofing and wall panel company has grown almost since starting April 2021.
“We grew from two guys to now 12 of us,” Nohava said.
The new building would allow him to add a metal fabrication division to provide specialty milled parts that his crew can use at job sites across the country or sell to other contractors. He’d need more employees to accomplish this, creating jobs in Hawarden.
According to the city’s resolution selling the property to Nohava, he has a year from when he takes possession of the property to begin construction of his manufacturing facility and 18 months to reach substantial completion.
A provision also provides the purchaser with an economic development grant matching the property purchase price.
As city community and economic development director Carol Hoogestraat explained, “A development grant is something the city offers as an incentive for businesses to build and create job opportunities in Hawarden and increase the opportunities for our citizens to live and work right here in Hawarden.
“The grant is a tool the city uses to put that property on the tax roll (increasing the tax base); the city owned utilities profit from the utilities that the new company will use as well.”
Later in the Aug. 24 meeting, the city council considered and approved sanitary sewer and water main improvements and related road construction work at the industrial park as well.
“We’re expanding and selling lots, bringing in business,” public works director Travis Waterman said. “But with that, we have to have upgrades.”
The city had bid work on the sanitary sewer and manholes, with the lowest bid coming from Vandenberg Excavation at $216,480.
There are several places those dollars can come from to pay for the project, Waterman said.
“We have earmarked the sale of lots in the industrial area to go into a line item that we can use for utility upgrades. I believe we’re going to certify the area for some TIF and there are grants. Carol is working on a couple of options for grants. And lastly, it can come out of the sewer fund. There is enough in that fund, too,” he said.
The final agenda item sought to get the grant process started for that project by allowing Hoogestraat to submit a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) grant to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
At this point in the process, she estimates her request will be for $960,000 for the construction of the road and storm sewer system throughout the industrial park.
The resolution states the city will provide at least 20 percent of the project’s total costs.