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Pa. firm wins road contract

September 21, 2000

Pa. firm wins road contract



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Franklin County construction company won the contract to start building a road into the Wharf Road Industrial Park being developed by the Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp., paving the way for the first tenants to move in early next year, WIDC officials said Thursday.

The corporation will spend all of a $900,000 state grant putting in the road and utilities for the park's 12 lots. It will raise another $100,000 on its own to bring the total cost to $1 million, said Carol Henicle, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber handles the books for the WIDC.

Water and sewer lines were put in last year, said Michael Christopher, vice president of the WIDC and Washington Township manager.

So far, Henicle said, three prospective tenants have expressed interest in the new park. One is considering a multi-lot purchase while the other two are looking at smaller five- to six-acre lots, she said.

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According to a surveyor's map, the park's 12 lots range from about five to 20 acres.

The park is being built on 120 acres off Wharf Road in Zullinger west of Waynesboro.

The Charles Brake Construction Company won the low bid of $189,000 to build the initial phases of the road into the park. Final paving will be done in the spring under a separate contract.

The road will connect Wharf Road to Design Avenue making the new park contiguous with the Zullinger Industrial park, a private venture built in the 1980s, Christopher said.

The road is named after Zane A. Miller, an early leader in organizing the development corporation, Christopher said. "Zane Miller is the father of economic development in Franklin County," Christopher said.

Development of the park is a combined venture of government and private enterprise. The land is owned by the Michaels Corp. of Big Pool, Md. The WIDC will sell the lots for $30,000 when the lots are sold.

"The park will help to bring a diversified workforce to the area," Henicle said. "That way if there is a downturn not every industry we have will be affected."

The goal, set when the $900,000 state grant was announced in September 1998, was for the park to create 500 jobs.

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