Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Carlisle has plans for land




By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        CARLISLE — This village's economic-development efforts could get a strong boost in the coming years from a planned effort to turn an 88-acre farm into an industrial park.

        The village recently bought the property on Ohio 73 for $7,000 an acre.

        Water and sewer already run to the site, and the village is set to begin building roads in the development later this summer. Some initial lots could be ready by fall.

        The commerce park, which could take 15 years to build out, is expected to contain 20 to 30 acres of retail and commercial develop ment, and about 50 acres of industrial, Village Manager Brad Townsend said. It is anticipated the retail areas will be built first.

        The retail businesses developed could include a pharmacy, more fast-food restaurants and perhaps a sit-down family restaurant.

        “We're going to go out and target businesses that the community has said they want in town,” Mr. Townsend said. “The town's kind of hungry for a little more retail than what we have right now.”

        There is also discussion of weaving recreation amenities — such as a hiker/biker trail — into the development, Mr. Townsend said.

        The industrial portion of the site, which already has rail access, will be in the back of the development.

        “We're going to be really selective on who we sell land to there,” Mr. Townsend said.

       



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