The LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC), in collaboration with Garmong Construction Services, is announced that LaGrange County has approved a funding mechanism that will allow the community to pursue building a new shell building at the Fawn River Crossing Business Park.

According to a news release, in a joint meeting of the LaGrange County Commissioners and LaGrange County Council, the LCEDC presented Garmong’s plans to erect a new 75,000-square-foot expandable to 150,000-square-foot shell building. The proposed building will have a 32-foot ceiling height, be constructed out of precast concrete and will incorporate all of the flexibility needed to allow suitors to quickly meet client contract manufacturing commitments. The LCEDC had previously voted to financially support the project utilizing TIF dollars. The commissioners and council voted 8-1 in the joint session to expend TIF dollars in support of this project.

LaGrange County will submit a letter of intent in the next few weeks to their joint-venture partner in the project, Garmong Construction Services. The proposed timeframe for the project is to be able to start marketing the shell building as soon as Jan. 1, 2013, with construction slated to start in March and having the building ready for occupancy by August.

“We are pleased that the LaGrange County Commissioners and Council voted to support this much needed shell building project,” said Meredith Cameron, president of the LCEDC . “This public-private partnership will go a long way to helping our Fawn River Crossing Business Park continue to grow as a premier location for new business development.”

“We are thankful for the support we have received on this project from the various governmental bodies in LaGrange County that made pursuing this building possible,” said Keith Gillenwater, president & CEO of the LCEDC. “This will give LaGrange County and our Northeast Indiana region a huge competitive advantage when competing for business development projects. There are very few available buildings that meet these modern design specifications that are available, not only in Indiana, but in the Midwest.”