Construction is nearing completion for the water line extension project at the Richmond Industrial Park South III off of Duncannon Lane that will result in 3,300 feet of 12-inch water lines being installed, according to David Stipes, the executive director of the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC).
He explained that this phase of the water line installation extends water services to the remainder of the undeveloped acreage in the park, and that prior to this project, the park had no existing water line available.
“When industry prospects come to town, they want water available," Stipes said. "We may not have time to land a factory if there isn't something already made available to them, so this is really a proactive step. With the economy being better, we need to ready the park to maintain competitive advantage with communities.”
The project, which had an estimated cost of $316,000, including both engineering and construction costs, is running under budget, according to Stipes. He noted that funding for the project was made available through the use of CDBG LDA funds and a special authorization from the city of Richmond’s general fund.
He said that the project further enhances a building site in the park that has 50 acres of land with sewer mains adjacent to the CSX railroad line, running along the perimeter of the Industrial Park boundary.
He noted that the city is strategically located along I-75, the CSX railroad and other shipping routes which are positive factors in welcoming new factories and industries.
“Our industrial and manufacturing operations in and around the city are very much appreciated and they provide over 4,000 jobs for our residents and for others from surrounding communities,” he said.
David Gerrein, president of the RIDC, made mention that this extension project was another important step toward “completing the necessary infrastructure in the park.”
“When prospects make community visits looking for plant locations, they prioritize sites that are readied for construction,” Gerrein said. “Richmond must maintain a competitive advantage if we are going to win projects that create good paying jobs in support of our growing economy.”
Stipes says he predicts the project will be completed in ten days.
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