GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY HELD FOR SUMMIT VIEW BUSINESS PARK
Richmond, VA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for phase 1 of Summit View Business Park in Franklin County. Summit View, located on U.S. Route 220 North of Rocky Mount, will initially have a 5-acre pad and a 25-acre pad available. At 550 total acres Summit View has the potential to attract large businesses from around the world looking to relocate or expand in Virginia.
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved a $658,960 Southside Economic Development grant to assist with phase one of this project.
Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), Chairman of the Tobacco Commission’s Research and Development Committee said, “It is great to see Summit View Business Park open after all the hard work that has gone into its development. Summit View will be a strong asset as we work to attract quality businesses and the jobs they bring to Southside. I am glad the Tobacco Commission chose to support this important project.”
The Phase One project includes the construction of the main access road into the park, grading of a 5-acre building pad and a 24-acre building pad, and extension of public utilities to serve the new building pad sites. Future site development projects will be enabled using the road and utilities first provided by this Phase One work.
Cline Brubaker, Chairman of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors said, “This Phase One project is just the beginning of a long-term effort by the County to create a new economic future for the citizens of Franklin County. The cutting-edge nature of the Summit View Business Park will allow the County to be a major player for a wide variety of economic development prospects looking for low costs of doing business, a skilled workforce, and ready to go building pads.”
Michael Burnette, Franklin County Economic Development Director added, “The business park represents a substantial investment by the Board of Supervisors and our partners in the future of our community. After a year of intense planning, it is gratifying to see actual dirt moving and encouraging that the park is already drawing interest from prospective new businesses for the soon-to-be created pad sites as well as other sections of the park.
The Tobacco Commission’s primary goal is developing a diverse economy in the areas we serve. Assets like Summit View Business Park make it possible to recruit companies from around the world to bring jobs and investment to our region.
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