H.I.T. project terminated
A state-of-the-art testing facility in Kirksville is not to be.A "For Sale" sign is now posted in front of a 23,500 square foot building at 616 E. Shepherd Ave. That was the planned location for Human Identification Technologies. The Kirksville operation was scheduled to open in 2009. But now, Phil Tate, Director of Job Creation, Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc. (K-REDI) tells KTVO, "The project has been terminated."H.I.T., Inc. is a private forensic DNA testing laboratory headquartered in Redlands, Calif. It expanded to Missouri in 2008. However, the company ran into money problems in August 2008 when its main investors were unable to contribute the funding needed to open the lab in Kirksville. In 2009, Blaine Kern, H.I.T. CEO, said the loss of the financial commitment from several key investors caused the delay in funding the first phase of the DNA project.Earlier this year, the city and Kern applied for a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant Action Fund loan. That was turned down by the state last month.The building on Shepherd Avenue is now listed for $595,000 with Century 21.View our previous stories.....Human Identification Technologies loan denied - Monday, June 20, 2011The action fund loan application sent to the state of Missouri by the city of Kirksville and Blaine Kern of Human Identification Technologies(H.I.T.) has been denied. DNA lab funding sought - Monday, March 07, 2011The Kirksville City Council approved resolution Monday evening to authorize the submission of a community development block grant action fund loan for Human Identification Technologies for the amount of $450,000. DNA lab gets momentum - Thursday, March 18, 2010Lab equipment arrives in Kirksville. Fact Finder investigates snags with HIT - Wednesday, November 04, 2009Human Identification Technologies DNA lab in Kirksville is on hold because of funding issues. Adair County Commission approves federal recovery zone - Wednesday, August 12, 2009Adair County Commission approves a motion to become a federal recovery zone which allows the county to be eligible for private bond allocations of just under $3.5 million to be allocated to Human Identification Technologies so they can continue development of their lab in the heartland. Koster hopes to secure cash for HIT - Wednesday, June 24, 2009Koster looks to make DNA lab a reality. Grant might make DNA lab a reality - Tuesday, June 09, 2009Kirksville is applying for a grant to help fund a DNA lab. DNA lab delayed 4-6 months - Tuesday, May 26, 2009Recently officials involved in a major economic development project announced funding problems is causing delays. Lack of funding delays HIT lab - Sunday, May 24, 2009A delay in funding slows the HIT project. Foreign investors sought for local DNA lab - Friday, December 05, 2008A group from Kirksville recently traveled to Asia. City signs H.I.T. agreement - Thursday, August 28, 2008City says agreement benefits both sides. Council votes for DNA partnership - Tuesday, August 26, 2008The Kirksville City Council voted for a partnership with a California based DNA company. DNA laboratory coming to Kirksville - Monday, August 18, 2008Human Identification Technologies Incorporated, or HIT, has purchased a building currently housing Lewellens.