Land near McCalla rail hub may soon be snapped up
Large tracts of nearby land could have the inside track for development when the spin-off effects from the $97.5 million railroad hub being built in McCalla become a reality.
Three large tracts of property already are on the market, ready to hitch their futures to the Birmingham Regional Intermodal Facility that Norfolk Southern is constructing on 316 acres next to its tracks in McCalla.
The largest tract not broken up by road or railroad is the 370 acres on Eastern Valley Road that were annexed into the city of Bessemer earlier this year. David Keith of Farmer Keith LLC assembled the site with options on land from several property owners, and he is working with a developer to create an industrial park on par with the county's Jefferson Metropolitan Park McCalla directly across the railroad tracks.
"We're working with an out-of-state developer to do an industrial, logistics park very similar to JeffMet," Keith said. "We hope to close on the property the last quarter of this year or the first quarter of next year and start development."