Port of Quincy Business & Event Center

The Port of Quincy maintains its office in the Quincy Business & Event Center, seen here Oct. 25, 2022. 

One of the Port of Quincy’s prime properties is back on the market following an announcement Dec. 6 that a deal to sell the land to a data center company was off.

During a special meeting, port commissioners said the potential buyer, EdgeConnex, terminated the purchase and sale agreement for the land.

The acreage, 59.4 acres on Road R NW known as the port’s Industrial Park 9, is a turnkey property available for sale, said Commissioner Curt Morris said. It is currently used to grow alfalfa.

The purchase and sale agreement was “terminated for lack of getting a guaranteed power commitment” from Grant PUD, Morris said. That commitment was contingent on completion of a study, which is not done. It is now estimated to be done in January 2023, Commissioner Patric Connelly said.

Port commissioners had been trying to complete the sale for most of this year. Several times they extended the sale closing date while EdgeConnex waited for the electrical supply study from the PUD.

In July, the board met with four representatives of Grant PUD and discussed power infrastructure, the utility’s processing of power supply requests, and some of the complex electrical engineering involved. At the meeting were: Grant PUD commissioners Tom Flint and Larry Schaapman; Dave Churchman, Grant PUD’s chief customer officer; and Louis Szablya, senior manager in Grant PUD’s Large Power Solutions group.

During that meeting, Churchman and Szablya said the PUD got swamped with power requests in 2017, with a wave of cyber-currency operations interested in the area. Ahead of EdgeConnex were 27 other requests for power.

Flint said the studies for supply requests are important, “as far as reliability for our customers. It takes time to do it, and when other utilities do something on the grid, that taps into the whole study again, so it’s a moving target all the time.”

Last week, Szablya commented in an email to the Post-Register: “There was nothing unique or particularly challenging about the EdgeConnex request. They simply requested at a time when there were many requests submitted. We need to expand the transmission system to support the new load requests. With finite resources, we were unable to construct the substations and feeders needed to meet the timeframe that EdgeConnex had requested.”

Grant PUD is in the midst of planning a major infrastructure project called Quincy Transmission Expansion Plan, or QTEP.

In April, Rich Wallen, Grant PUD’s general manager and CEO, said the PUD is working to increase the capacity of the local electrical system and prepare for growth by putting more than $70 million into projects running into 2023.

Port commissioners discussed two other business items during their Dec. 6 meeting, both related to land.

The board voted to award the project to build a potable water line extension in George to JR Massie & Co. The Davenport-based company was the low bidder on the construction that will provide city water to the port’s new acreage in George, called Industrial Park 5. The property is north of Interstate 90, adjacent to State Route 281.

The port commissioners also voted to sign an agreement with Quincy School District to buy the district’s property south of Quincy.

The purchase price for the land is $2.2 million. It which consists of two parcels, currently used for crops, and totals approximately 155 acres. The property’s eastern edge fronts SR-281, and its northern edge adjoins the city’s growth management area.