Supervisors want new industrial park to lure businesses

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

Planning commissioners will consider an application Thursday from the board of supervisors, who are expediting their own rezoning request for a new business park.

Board members are hoping that a speedy industrial rezoning of approximately 300 agricultural acres along Route 22 will lure new businesses to the county.

County officials, often wary of discussing details of such projects before a deal has been reached, said they have a prospective client in mind.

“The overall impact on the community would be tremendous in the number of jobs it would create, capital investment, tax and local dollars and the ability to recruit and attract similar industries,” Economic Development Director Andy Wade said.

He was quick to point out that the county and the prospective business are in discussions and have not reached an agreement.

Wade would not name the business, but he did provide some details about the company.

He said a Tier I/Tier II supplier to the automotive industry was interested in 25 acres belonging to Whitehouse Business Park LLC.

Tier I and Tier II suppliers provide original equipment manufacturers, such as Ford and General Motors, with components and sometimes completed parts needed to construct a finished product.

Wade said he showed properties with by-right industrial zoning to business executives but the company wasn’t interested in any of them, so he showed them other properties which would require rezoning.

“Anything I could do to keep them interested in Louisa County,” Wade explained.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 13 edition of The Central Virginian.

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