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Counties eye money for industrial park

Officials from Jefferson and Berkeley counties hope to buy land for a new industrial park on the line dividing the counties

Officials from Jefferson and Berkeley counties hope to buy land for a new industrial park on the line dividing the counties

June 20, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Officials from Jefferson and Berkeley counties say they will jointly apply for about $6.5 million in state funds to buy land to develop a new industrial park that will offer several hundred acres for new business.

The site straddles the line dividing the two counties just east of Martinsburg, according to Bob Crawford, executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority.

Crawford and Jane Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority, declined to say exactly where the site is because negotiations are continuing for the sale of the land.

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The two counties want to set up an industrial park at the site to build up their inventory of business sites, said Crawford and Peters.

"It's not that we have X, Y or Z firm in the wings. It's replenishing our inventory," said Crawford.

If the money is awarded, it will be used to purchase the site, bring utilities to it and draft a concept plan, Peters said.

The industrial park would be jointly owned and marketed by the two development authorities, Peters said.

Crawford said he regularly receives inquiries from companies looking for anywhere from several acres to up to 300 acres.

The Berkeley County Development Authority developed the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Park off Warm Springs Avenue and the Cumbo Yard Industrial Park off W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg.

Mid-Atlantic, which has about 80 acres, is full, and Cumbo Yard, which includes 629 acres, has 240 acres left for sale, said Crawford.

The development authority has been marketing several other sites, but some of those have been purchased by developers for residential development, said Crawford.

Several other industrial parks in Berkeley County are privately operated as well as the John D. Rockefeller IV Science and Technology Center at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport.

Jefferson County has about 100 acres available in the Burr Industrial Park along W.Va. 9 in Bardane, said Peters.

The two development authorities are applying for roughly $6.5 million from the West Virginia Economic Development Grant Commission, an organization that was set up to distribute $200 million in state grant money.

Peters requested a letter of support from the Jefferson County Commission Wednesday for the funding request.

The commissioners agreed to provide the letter.

Crawford said he expects to receive a letter of support from the Berkeley County Commissioners for the money request.

Several government agencies in Berkeley and Jefferson counties are applying for part of the $200 million in state money for projects.

  • The Jefferson County Board of Education is applying for about $16 million to help pay for a second high school.

  • The Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport is seeking $1.4 million help pay for a new terminal.

  • The Berkeley County Public Service District is applying for about $11 million to help fund public water projects.



The West Virginia Economic Development Grant Commission may decided how to distribute the $200 million by early August, said Crawford.

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