Westfield, Massachusetts to launch preliminary development work on industrial park adjacent to Barnes Regional Airport

Westfield to launch development effort for new air industrial park Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 3:39 PM     Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4:14 PM Ted LaBorde, The Republican By Ted LaBorde, The Republican

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Redevelopment Authority plans to launch preliminary development work on the city’s newest industrial park project as early as next week.

Director Jeffrey R. Daley said the agency plans to initiate a land survey of the property that will formally define property lines and other boundaries of the project beginning Tuesday.

The proposed park, about 80 acres, sits adjacent to Barnes Regional Airport off North Road and abuts two large aviation firms, General Dynamics Aviation Services and Gulfstream Aerospace, located on Elise Street. Gulfstream is currently building a new $23 million maintenance facility that will bring an additional 100 high-skilled jobs to its current 130-member workforce. That facility is scheduled to be operational next spring.

The park location also includes land formerly used by Whip City Speedway, which closed in 2011.

“We are now assessing the cost for start-up of this project,” Daley said. “The survey work will include title searches for the land,” he said.

Other work will include a pre-development environmental study that will lead to a necessary permitting process, a parking and traffic study and a determination of infrastructure needs, said Daley.

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