Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office announced Wednesday that Bonneville County will receive an Idaho Community Development Block Grant to support infrastructure for a 350,000-square-foot Melaleuca facility that would help create 40 jobs.
Melaleuca will build a business campus south of Idaho Falls near Interstate 15's Exit 113 on York Road, CEO Frank VanderSloot said. Melaleuca will announce its plans soon, but for now VanderSloot said, "The road is going to be expanded, broadened and sewer is going to be put in," he said. "That's in preparation for several expansions in that area, some of which are Melaleuca's."
Melaleuca will contribute $1 million to the county for projects to expand York Road and to extend the sewer line, VanderSloot said. The grant money will cover the rest of the $1.4 million project.
The sewer extension will make the road viable for smaller businesses that couldn't afford to pay for the project, County Commission Chairman Roger Christensen said. Businesses have expressed interest in the area but deemed it too expensive to pay for the sewer line.
Commissioner Lee Staker said Melaleuca already has two buildings in the vicinity of the planned facility, and Melaleuca hopes to begin building in August or September.