New businesses coming to Lincoln; expect to employ 65
by Elsie Hodnett
LINCOLN – The city received a $250,000 grant to create new jobs and provide additional commerce.

“This is a great thing for Lincoln,” Mayor Bud Kitchin said. “We are very excited about this project.”

Gov. Robert Bentley awarded the grant to assist development of a service station and truck plaza expected to employ 65 people and provide additional commerce.

Kitchin said the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Community Development Block Grant will assist WilcoHess, a North Carolina-based company to build a fueling station that includes a full-service Wendy’s restaurant in the same building with WilcoHess and a Dunkin’ Donuts kiosk as well as Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. The complex will locate off Interstate 20 on Alabama 77.

“The $250,000 grant is for extension of water and sewer from the west side of Alabama 77 across the highway to the east side, which will provide water and sewer to WilcoHess,” he said.

The city’s match is $95,343.

“One piece of the puzzle is achieved as we work toward our goal in bringing new businesses to Lincoln,” he said.

Kitchin said the road that will be constructed to provide access to WilcoHess will also provide access to a 315-acre tract of land which is zoned for industrial and residential use.

“We are in the engineering design phase now,” he said. “Then we need approval from the Alabama Department of Transportation before we can put it out for bid.”

Kitchin said economic development is great progress for Lincoln. The city is also working on obtaining other grants to fund improvements on Magnolia Street including sidewalks along one side of Magnolia Street between Alabama 77 and U.S. 78 and also creating a Magnolia Street extension.

“Providing jobs for Alabamians is a priority of my administration and our team stands ready to assist whenever possible,” Bentley said. “I commend the community and business leaders who are working to expand services, jobs and development along this interstate corridor.”

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