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Braselton gets wastewater grant

BRASELTON - The Appalachian Regional Commission approved Thursday a $300,000 grant to the town of Braselton to upgrade an industrial park's wastewater system.

Coupled with $390,000 provided by the town, the $690,000 project will support the creation of 230 new jobs while leveraging $25 million in private investment, said U.S. Congressman Dr. Paul Broun, who represents Georgia's 10th district.

"The city of Braselton has proven to be a business-friendly community," Broun said. "Now Braselton will be able to attract even more industry with this ARC grant and the expansion of its sewer infrastructure."

The wastewater system that will receive the facelift serves the 275-acre Braselton Business Park, located a quarter-mile from Interstate 85 on Ga. Highway 124. With the Country Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center coming soon and a 450,000 square foot distribution center set to be available as well, the wastewater system upgrade was necessary, Broun said.

"The equipment (existing) has limited capacity and cannot accommodate any significant flow increases that would be generated by new development projects," he said,

The $300,000 will be used to construct a lift station and to also install 100 linear feet of sewer line. These improvements should increase the station's pumping capacity from 100 gallons per minute to 300, thus providing a permanent solution by adding capacity to the wastewater system.

"The Appalachian Regional Commission has long partnered with the town of Braselton for infrastructure improvements for our citizens," Mayor Pat Graham said. "We appreciate the partnership and the federal investment which will create new jobs and business opportunities here."

Braselton is home to local divisions of Mayfield Dairy, Panoz Auto Development Company, Sears Logistics, Tractor Supply and Haverty Furniture's Southeast Distribution Center.