A 16-acre industrial site in Russellville has drawn the attention of newly elected Governor Matt Bevin. Bevin’s office released a statement recently promoting the certified “Build-Ready” property located on Shelton Lane in Russellville.
“I am pleased to announce Russellville now offers a Build-Ready site for a large-scale employer to locate and get its facility open swiftly,” said Bevin. “Logan County is a great place to work and live. This new certification cuts months off the pre-construction process for potential companies and represents a great economic opportunity for the community.”
Build-Ready means a site includes a pad 50,000 square feet or greater, expandable to 100,000 square feet or more, utilties extended to an edge of the site, and the necessary permits and studies in place including water, building, phase-1 environmental, archaeological, historical and geotechnical.
The site on Sheldon Lane includes a pad for a 100,000 square foot building. It is complete with electric, water, sewage and roadway that extends to the site edge and included all the necessary permits, studies and renderings, which have been completed and filed.
“It really means a lot to have Logan County be one of the early ones taking part in the Built-Ready program, which will give our community a better advantage when it comes to industrial development,” said state representative Martha Jane King of Logan County. “This type of work is why Kentucky is regularly recognized for having one of the best business climates in the country.”
The site began seeing a transition soon after interest began in prepared Build-Ready pads in Bowling Green. Logan County’s economic development organization (LEAD) quickly moved into action preparing the site on Sheldon Lane to offer competitive property to meet the demands of business expansions and new locations.
Tom Harned, executive director of the Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD), which owns the site, said the Build-Ready certification increases the likelihood for development and growth in the Russellville-Logan County employment and tax bases.
“The Sheldon Lane Industrial property was acquired by the Logan Industrial Development Authority to help grow and stabilize the employment base. The certification is a positive step in our strategy to further develop the park. We are especially interested in advanced manufacturing jobs. This site will help attract highly desirable employers, increasing family income and economic growth,” said Harned.
Russellville’s mayor Mark Stratton believes the property is an investment in the future of those citizens who live here.
“Having this site available for immediate construction will help Russellville attract a quality employer to the city. We believe our efforts in this project will provide jobs and investment, improving the standard of living for our citizens,” said Stratton. Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick agrees.
“The industrial base on Sheldon Lane will grow and prosper as a result of the Build-Ready program. We appreciate the Cabinet for Economic Development for making this program available to Russellville and Logan County,” said Chick.
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