Alschuler said it will be a few months before the Franklin County Reuse Committee, the agency appointed to develop and fill up the new park, can begin negotiations with prospective tenants.
Alschuler said that within a year there could be 2,500 new jobs in the park and another 2,000 jobs in outside firms supporting those inside the park.
When the park is finished, 650 of the 1,500 acres will be dedicated to a mix of light and heavy industry, office and administration complexes, community and open space, warehousing, possible public residential developments, warehousing and distribution and roadside commercial development. The rest would be taken up by open space, roads and utilities.
Anschuler said there are more than 32 miles of roads, paved and unpaved, in the 1,500 acres.
The Army opened Letterkenny as an ammunition dump in 1941. Today the complex covers 19,000 acres. The Army will retain 17,500 acres. The base is not closing and will still maintain much of its ammunition storage and weapons repair capability. Downsizing dropped Letterkenny's employment from 5,000 jobs to about 2,100.
Alschuler said preparation for the business park will take $20 million in state, federal and local funds to repair roads, water and sewer lines and electric service and build a better access road from the base to Interstate 81.
Pollution, left by more than 50 years of military use, should have little effect on private industrial and commercial development in the 1,500 acres, Alschuler said. The federal government will handle all environmental cleanups, he said.