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Two more tenant leases approved forbusiness park

October 08, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The tenant roster in the Cumberland Valley Business Park continues to grow as small and start-up companies choose to locate on the former Army land as they venture into Franklin County, Pa.

The Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority, which is charged with the redevelopment of the business park in the southeast corner of the Letterkenny Army Depot, approved leases with two additional tenants on Monday.

Electronic Data Systems is renting about 3,000 square feet of office space in Building 500 for its operations, which include providing computer information systems and support, said John Van Horn, executive director of the development authority.

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They were scheduled to open Monday.

Electronic Data is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has more than 140,000 employees in 60 countries with revenues of $21.5 billion last year, according to the company's Web site.

The Woodpile Co., a West Virginia-based business, also is testing the waters in Franklin County.

"It is a small, four-man operation," Van Horn said. "They do high-quality woodworking, making doors and windows."

Woodpile is leasing 4,500 square feet in Building 436.

Van Horn said the leases represent the latest in a steady flow of new tenants to the business park.

"We continue to have interest from companies, whether existing and they want to relocate, or from out-of-town operations looking to start up small in the community," he said.

The businesses see the park as a good place to get started because there are already existing buildings and the infrastructure is in place.

"With EDS it could be the communications infrastructure. With Woodpile, the attraction was more along the line of bricks and mortar and having space ready," Van Horn said.

The development authority continues to face some obstacles, however.

"We're still challenged in the big picture with getting the land transferred" from the Army, Van Horn said.

In May, the Army transferred 327 acres as part of Phase 2, which joined 230 acres deeded to LIDA a few years ago.

The transfers were dictated in the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1995, which downsized the depot.

Ultimately, 1,450 acres will be transferred for redevelopment, a fraction of the 17,000 acres the depot has retained.

"My concern right now is the Phase 3 transfer may be delayed an additional six months. It could go from the beginning of 2003 to the end of 2003" as regulators propose additional environmental testing, he said.

The Phase 3 transfer includes about 200 acres of undeveloped land north of Coffey Avenue.

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