Certified megasites are sites within the CSX network that are ideal for large-scale development. In many cases, they are sponsored by CSX, certified by McCallum Sweeney Consulting and administered by various state departments of commerce or private developers.
The sites must meet stringent requirements before receiving certification. Property size, access to CSX rail service, proximity to an interstate highway, labor availability, natural gas, wastewater, and water infrastructures are all part of the minimum criteria necessary for a property to be considered as a megasite. Additionally, each site undergoes a thorough environmental audit and geo-technical assessment.
- Glendale, Ky.: 1,551 acre site strategically located in central Kentucky; 47 miles south of Louisville and 125 miles north of Nashville. 67% of the nation’s population is only a day’s drive away.
- Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville, Fla.: 1,500 acre, heavy industrial property is home to the only certified megasite in Florida.
- Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center in Greensville County, Va.: 1,545 acre site with frontage access to I-95 and convenient access to I-85; only 90 minutes from Virginia’s ports. Workforce of 1.9 million is within a 60-mile radius of the site.
- White Hawk Commerce Park in Florence, S.C.: 1,200 acre site ideally located between Florence Regional Airport and I-95 in Florence County, S.C.
- Bay Minette, Ala.: 3,020 acre site located in Baldwin County, Ala. Less than 50 miles from the Port of Mobile and half a mile from I-65. This site is expected to be certified in 2011.
- Chinook Site in Indiana: 4,500+ acre property that straddles the Clay County-Vigo County border in west central Indiana. Chinook is the first property in Indiana to hold megasite certification. It is adjacent to I-70 and Terre Haute International Airport’s 9,020-foot primary runway.