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Antrim Township supervisors back business park plan

March 29, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A $250 million business park envisioned on the west side of Interstate 81 at Exit 3 is moving closer to becoming a reality.

The Antrim Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Tuesday gave their blessing to the concept following a presentation by Perini Industrial Land LLC. The business park remains in the early stages of development a decade after being first discussed, but the developer is looking to contact all the state and local agencies involved and soon be able to submit full land development plans.

"We would like to have all approvals by this time next year," Paul Perini said.

He feels one of the major highlights of the 200-acre business park would be improvements to the flow of traffic on U.S. 11 and Interstate 81.

"We want to see this whole interchange corrected," Perini said, noting plans show better access to the existing Food Lion warehouse nearby.

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One day, Interstate 81 could run between Perini's development, known as Antrim Commons Business Park, and a second proposed development, called South Antrim Business Park, on 435 acres east of the interstate.

The pair of parks could create thousands of jobs and a significant tax base for the community, according to L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

"This site really lends itself to serve the mid-Atlantic states," said Ross, who called it "arguably one of the best sites along Interstate 81."

Antrim Commons Business Park would be comprised of a mixture of uses including professional, light industrial and commercial. Concept plans also show open space set aside for ongoing archaeological digs.

"What has hampered the development is that the infrastructure is not complete," Ross said.

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