The construction of 200-acre industrial park is all set to be completed – leads to generate thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars for the region’s economy.
The bulk of construction was completed last week at Prime Ohio II, a roughly $8.5 million business park along I-70 that is predictable to provide space for light manufacturing, logistics and distribution firms.
Horton Hobbs, vice president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has informed this in a recent article Dayton Daily News.
Staff Writer of Dayton Daily News wrote the majority of construction was completed last week at Prime Ohio II, a roughly $8.5 million business park along I-70 that is expected to provide space for light manufacturing, logistics and distribution firms.
Here the reporter quoted, Mr. Horton Hobbs, vice president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce for the information.
Only a few items, including an entrance sign, remain to be completed plus general clean-up, but those could be done by the end of the month, he said. The project was delayed by a few months due to weather and issues with utilities. Construction crews recently completed work on Ridge Road and Prime Parkway, the main street through the park.
“For all intents and purposes, that project looks relatively complete,” Hobbs said.
The industrial park will serve as an important asset for the Springfield and Clark County, he said. Combined with the Champion City Business Park at the corner of Belmont and Lagonda avenues, the sites could provide space for as many as 1,300 jobs, according to economic development officials.
Love’s Truck Stop is the site’s first tenant and is expected to begin construction this spring. That business is projected to be open by this time next year. The chamber is also marketing the site to employers in the region and statewide, Hobbs said, although no new agreements have been finalized.
“We’ve had several leads at this point, and it’s going to be even easier to respond to those now that the roadway’s done,” Hobbs said.
Communities that do not have a variety of sites available for prospective employers could miss out, Franzen said. It also helps retain local companies which may be ready to expand, but don’t have the space available otherwise.
Clark County also has a handful of other business parks, including the initial Prime Ohio Park on Gateway Boulevard, AirPark Ohio on West Blee Road and the Next Edge Applied Research and Technology Park on Veronia Drive near U.S. 40. Speedway recently spent about $5.4 million to purchase the former QBase building at Next Edge while Dole announced a roughly $9 million expansion at its current location in Prime Ohio I.
The county was successful with the first Prime Ohio park, attracting local manufacturing firms like Pentaflex Inc., which was looking to expand, said Dave Burrows, vice president of development at the Dayton Development Coalition.
Burrows said he also expects Prime Ohio II to be a success. “To have the ability to have land and the infrastructure in it, that’s very powerful, and the fact that it’s on I-70 is huge,” Burrows said. “That feeds into the corridor of I-70 and I-75 being a perfect location for anyone making anything or distributing anything.”
Overall, more communities in the Miami Valley are being proactive to make sure those types of parks are available to attract economic development, Burrows said.
Besides quick access to I-70, the Prime Ohio II site will be attractive to companies for a variety of reasons, including large available lots, utilities and good roads, Hobbs said. Local officials will likely target food manufacturers, logistics firms and manufacturing facilities that need access to the highway.
“We have really three very important ingredients to move this ground,” Hobbs said. “It’s just going to be a matter of getting the right user in there, and that will play out over time.”
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