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Development authority hopes to lease farmland in Tabler Station Business Park

March 13, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Farm crops could be planted and cattle could very well be pasturing in the near future on undeveloped portions of Tabler Station Business Park in Berkeley County.

The Berkeley County Development Authority hopes to lease the available land, which now stands at about 580 acres, to a farmer while they continue to work to develop the property, Executive Director Stephen Christian said Wednesday.

The development authority’s board voted Wednesday to allow the group’s business park development committee to interview two of the five interested parties who responded to a request for proposals, Christian said. The names of the finalists were not released.

The business park along Interstate 81 near Exit 8 was created from the development authority’s purchase of 326 acres of what was known as the Criswell farm in 2004.

The park was recently expanded by about 340 acres that was considered for a residential development and Christian said the development authority feels the areas that have yet to be developed have agricultural value.

“There’s not much money involved,” Christian said of the pending arrangement. Whomever leases the property will be expected to maintain the property and could be credited for any work they might be asked to do that is over and above what is spelled out in the agreement, according to Christian.

Christian said he is “very excited” about prospective development activity, but also noted that business parks take time to fully mature.

The park’s current tenants include Allmine Paving LLC, doing business as AMP; a branch of the 167th TFR Federal Credit Union; and Verizon Wireless, which also acquired property for a cellular tower. 

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