Rail project leaps over another hurdle with completion of appraisal

An appraisal of a 54-acre parcel set aside for a rail reload center determined it was worth $12,000 an acre. The appraisal was a key step forward for supporters of the project. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NYSSA – An independent appraisal completed in October pushed the county one step closer to the construction of a proposed rail center.

The review, conducted by Jess Payne Appraisal Service of Idaho evaluated 54 acres reserved for the taxpayer-funded reload center north of town and concluded it was now worth $830,000.

The appraisal is key to the release of state money for the project. The state allotted about $600,000 for land as part of the $26 million rail reload venture.

The 54 acres, though, was already purchased by the county earlier this year as part . . .