Somerset County, PA to add new Northern Tier Industrial Park in Windber as others such as Somerset, Meyersdale, and North Star Industrial Parks nearly full

Industrial park could bring jobs to Windber
July 22, 2012

David Hurst

The Tribune-Democrat

Sun July 22, 2012, 12:36 AM EDT

WINDBER — A northern Somerset County industrial park is in the works.

And developers hope jobs will follow.

The Somerset County Economic Development Council is aiming to develop a 30-acre former junkyard tract east of Windber near Route 56.

Plans call for subdividing the proposed Northern Tier Industrial Park tract into four approximately seven-acre lots for light industrial development, said project director Kevin Yoder of CME Engineering.

“It’s certainly moving along,” said Yoder, adding that work could be under way to get the land development ready next spring. “The lots could be ready for marketing by next summer.”

Debbie Gary-Taskey, interim director of the Somerset County Economic Development Council, said the property was acquired earlier this year.

It will be a significant addition for the group, which currently oversees the Somerset, Meyersdale and North Star [industrial] parks, she added. While the existing parks contain nearly 500 acres of space county-wide, they are nearly full.

About 40 acres remain for new tenants combined, she added, meaning the Windber area park would double the available space.

But there are regulatory hurdles to clear first.

An access road through the heart of the property is planned – and would be constructed next year before lots could be sold to tenants.

Yoder said a highway occupancy permit is still being sought through PennDOT as well as environmental clearance to do preliminary site work needed to bring utilities into the property.

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