Foundation Park was announced in 2015 with a vision of attracting major industries of all sizes. Win Chill, LLC was the anchor tenant that landed in the spring of 2017. That specific land sale triggered necessary infrastructure of roads, rail, water, sewer, utilities, and fiber. In essence, the first phase of Foundation Park was off and running. The key to successful land development is the availability of build-ready sites that provide land parcels of all sizes with all the named infrastructure.
The 80-acre sale to Amazon was crucial in many ways, obviously the large capital investment and creation of 1,000 jobs, in addition the requirement to build out and finish an existing road in the park. The timing of this deal was quite advantageous because it coincided with a planned mass grading project to open more available sites. Ultimately, the Development Foundation was able to blend the grading of the road for the Amazon site with the overall grading plan. Once complete, the Development Foundation will open an additional 200+ acres of graded sites with all the infrastructure to each individual site, resulting in an abundance of build-ready sites.
As much as we desire to have build-ready sites, it certainly comes at a cost. This is the primary reason why we strategically plan our phased development and limit the amount of investment up front
“As much as we desire to have build-ready sites, it certainly comes at a cost. This is the primary reason why we strategically plan our phased development and limit the amount of investment up front,” according to Dean Dziedzic, vice president of economic development. As mentioned, the Amazon sale and planned grading plan timing was perfect. “This large land sale to Amazon also offered the opportunity to apply for federal and state grants to offset some of the overall infrastructure cost”. The Development Foundation was appreciative and extremely fortunate to be awarded an Economic Development Administration, EDA, infrastructure grant of $1.9 million for the completion of Foundation Court. This road completes the loop in Foundation Park and will serve as a primary entrance and exit for Amazon’s truck activity. In addition, the Development Foundation also received a $200,000 Local Infrastructure Improvement Program, LIIP, grant from partners at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Again, these dollars will be beneficial in offsetting the remaining cost of the build out of Foundation Court.
In just a handful of years Foundation Park has gone from a vision to reality. City, State and Development Foundation leadership made some bold moves by believing and investing in a park that will change the landscape of industrial development for years to come. The ongoing activity and inquiries within Foundation Park is extremely brisk. The Development Foundation remains very confident that new projects will continue to land to help fulfill the organization’s mission of creating good paying jobs and strong economic development for the city, region, and state.