Plans to build an industrial park on 204 acres of the Murdock property in northeast Troutman remain stalled amid a disagreement among town board members on how to proceed.Recent efforts by the mayor and mayor pro tem to get the project rolling again – more than four years after Troutman formed a consortium to explore the feasibility of creating an industrial park – met with no support at a recent town board pre-agenda meeting.At the Nov. 5 meeting, after strong encouragement by Mayor Elbert Richardson, Alderman Mike Spath made a motion for the town to spend approximately $750, which would permit the town’s engineer to update infrastructure figures for the Murdock Farms Industrial Site. His motion included setting up a meeting between Richardson and Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Johnson to see what the two boards could do to further support the site as an industrial park. However, the motion died for lack of a second.“I felt that spending a small sum of money now would help us determine if this site is really appropriate for a business park and how much it might cost us to provide services, sort of a measure of its potential,” Spath said. “I’m thinking that this would be a nice site for a call-center or something similar, but we need to know more about the potential costs we might incur.”However, Spath says several of the other board members hesitated spending any money on the project at this time while there are still a significant amount of vacant buildings and office space available in the south Iredell County region.In September, Mark Sweeney of McCallum Sweeney Consulting, based in Greenville, S.C., presented the town with the results of a feasibility study on the site funded by Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program. In the report, Sweeney outlined several strong selling points for the plan which would include 106 buildable acres: • It is only 1.7 miles from I-77 and 42 miles from Charlotte.• The area has a strong manufacturing workforce base as well as adequate hotel and restaurant options for business entertaining.• The land has only one owner making acquisition negotiations much easier.At the same time, there were also several drawbacks outlined in the report:• Murdock Road and access roads will need major improvement.• The site is not served by rail.• A stream cuts through the center of the site.• Private homes adjoin the site.The report recommended that the next step for the town would be to start the rezoning process or at least be prepared to describe the rezoning process, including a timeline, to the public.