Ambiguity in county property records recently delayed progress on Sagamore Warehouse construction along U.S. 24/35 on Logansport’s southeast side, according to a Sagamore representative. The fertilizer hub is now expected to open in middle or late July.
Jim Hedrick, president of Sagamore Warehouse, said the company ran into some title issues with the land that took about two months to sort out.
The rail yard on which Sagamore is being built was owned by one railroad entity until the mid-1990s, when it was split, he explained.
County Auditor Vaneen Ide explained that during the split, the deed for the property Sagamore is leasing ended up being very vague about the boundaries of the property.
“Railroads are a thorn,” Ide said. “Because there’s so many that go through Cass County and they’ve changed names so many times, it does not necessarily bode well when you own property near a railroad because they’re very vague when they do things.”
The split which left one parcel owned by A&R Line and another owned by Winamac and Southern Railroad also resulted in vague legal descriptions on the deeds, deputy auditor Candy Heath said. A recent land survey cleared up the issue.
When the ambiguity was discovered, the title companies also requested signed affidavits from the property owners verifying the corrected deeds, which took some time to obtain, Hedrick said. One property owner is located in Florida, he explained.
Construction was put on hold for about a month, Hedrick said, but got started up again a month ago.
He expected the contractor, Kellam Inc. based in Wabash, to finish pouring concrete last week. Ameritrack Rail, a railroad construction and maintenance contractor, was expected to begin laying rails over the already finished rail bed.
Hedrick expected the warehouse to start distributing fertilizer by the middle or end of July.