Company Secures Lease To Operate In Old James River Mill

Company Secures Lease To Operate In Old James River Mill

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A data company has secured a lease to start up in the old James River Mill in Carthage.

Pettawatt Holdings is remodeling the inside of the plant on West End Avenue. 

The company can't buy the property because Carthage and West Carthage officials won't forgive more than $250,000 in sewer bills. With that money still owed, it stands in the way of a private sale to Pettawatt.

"Our concern from a village board is it's costing us money to treat that. It's coming through our facility, it's costing us additional expenses when it's upsetting our plant. We just didn't think it was fair to give them a break when our residents are paying for it," said West Carthage Mayor Scott Burto.

Pettawatt official Dean Barr wouldn't comment Thursday. The company plans to start up a data mining company and a hydroponics business there. It could employ 100 people.

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