Grant approved for $50M business park construction

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced new funding to support the construction of a 170-acre business park in Berks County off the I-78 interchange at Exit 10.

The $50-million development project is anticipated to create 1,300 permanent jobs and 1,700 construction jobs.

“A selection of pad-ready sites to choose from is an important component for businesses when they’re considering moving or expanding into another state,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “This creation of this business park will help Berks County in attracting new businesses to the region.”

Vesper at Berks was approved for a $1 million grant to construct the West Run Business Park, a shovel-ready business park with nearly 1.8 million sq. ft. of site pads.

The project will include extending public roadways, widening and repaving township-owned roads, upgrading public water and sewer systems and electrical service, installing sidewalks and curbing, developing rain gardens and marsh plantings to enhance wetlands areas, and constructing a public bus transportation facility.

The sites will be suitable for manufacturing and distribution facilities.

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