This morning, the Green Knight Economic Development Corporation (GKEDC) welcomed local, state, and federal government representatives, economic development partners, and Lehigh Valley area business leaders to the future site of the Green Knight Industrial Park for a ceremonial groundbreaking event. Located along Route 33 near the Route 512 interchange, the Green Knight Industrial Park will house a total of approximately 200,000 square feet of building space, with lots sized to meet the demand of small-to-mid sided manufacturers and industrial firms looking to locate or expand in the region. Upon full build out, the park is estimated to create approximately 280 jobs and generate approximately $300,000 annually in additional tax revenue for the community.
The event included remarks by GKEDC Chairman Carlton Snyder, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko, the offices of State Senator Mario Scavello and State Representative Marcia Hahn, and LVEDC Director of Redevelopment and External Affairs Andrew Kleiner. Funding for the project has come from the GKEDC, PA DCED’s Business in Our Sites and Monroe County Local Share Account programs, Northampton County’s Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP), and the USEPA’s Brownfield Program.
“We’ve been working toward this day for several years and we couldn’t be more excited to get construction underway” stated GKEDC Board Chairman Carlton Snyder. “A project like this requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and we’ve been fortunate to have such a tremendous team of partners working with us to help bring this project to fruition.”
Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of construction on the new roadways and other public infrastructure that will service the industrial park. Construction of the infrastructure is scheduled to take place throughout the rest of 2018 and finish in the spring of 2019. Once the infrastructure has been installed, GKEDC will sell individual lots to developers and end users, who will construct the buildings and associated site work for their respective lots. The infrastructure work will be constructed by Muschlitz Excavating. Bohler Engineering provided engineering design services and Taggart Associates has provided project management services on behalf of the GKEDC.
The GKEDC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate community and economic development in the communities that make up the Pen Argyl School District in northern Northampton County, PA. The Green Knights use revenues from efficiently operating a methane-to-energy plant at the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township, PA to support projects and initiatives that improve economic opportunities and the overall quality of life in their target area. For more information about the GKEDC, visit www.gkedc.org.