ZANESVILLE – In an effort to attract new businesses to Muskingum County, JobsOhio provided a $ 3.1 million grant to National Road Business Park.
The funding will support the 203-acre property’s readiness for building construction by commercial occupants, according to a press lease from JobsOhio. Grant funds will be used to build an access road and upgrade water and sewer lines. The due diligence studies and the technical reports necessary for the development of the site were also carried out.
The result will be a business park fully ready to accommodate a building as large as 1 million square feet, as well as other smaller commercial and industrial facilities. The sites on the property will vary in size from 3 acres to over 70 acres. The Port Authority is marketing the site to growing local businesses and working to attract new employers to the county.
The Port Authority purchased the National Road Business Park property in Perry Township from the Ross Johnston Trust in July 2018 for nearly $ 3 million. Funding for the purchase and development is shared by the Port Authority, Muskingum County and the Town of Zanesville. “We were looking at five sites, and one of the parameters was connectivity to I-70,” Matt Abbot, executive director of the Port Authority, told The Times Recorder at the time of the purchase. “Another is the infrastructure, which is in place and can be moved within the site. We also saw some historical value in giving it the name of the national road and what that meant for trade in the past. “
“Every effort that has gone into making the National Road Business Park a reality has been the multitude of local, regional and state organizations working together to achieve a common goal,” Abbott said in the press release. “OhioSE and JobsOhio continue to play a vital role in our efforts to expand and attract businesses. “
Funding to improve these sites was made available through the JobsOhio / OhioSE Site Initiative, a program that began in 2018 with the goal of helping counties in Southeastern Ohio by creating competitive sites. capable of gaining new business investment. The program sites were selected with the help of a group of South Ohio CEOs who have advised JobsOhio and OhioSE.
Mike Jacoby, president of Southeast Ohio Economic Development and former director of the Muskingum County Port Authority, commended the port authority for continuing the project and thanked JobsOhio for its support. “Our region needs sites and buildings that are ready to compete in economic development,” said Jacoby.
With planned site preparation and due diligence studies completed, the site will be fully ready for building development by the end of this year. Several other sites in Southeast Ohio are completing due diligence reviews as part of this initiative. These due diligence reviews include title review, wetland boundaries, threatened and endangered species study, cultural resources report, geotechnical report, utility assessment, grading plan. and an estimate of the engineering development costs. Other sites in the program are currently under review and additional rewards may arrive in the future for stronger sites.
“This project is another example of the incredible teamwork between Jobs Ohio, Ohio SE and the ZMCPA,” said Adam Holmes, Ohio House State Representative for the 97th District. “The leadership and vision of these business development leaders continue to be a powerful engine of our regional economy and a critical component of our strategic regional economic development. We are very fortunate to have these organizations leading our community’s business recovery after COVID -19.
National Road will join the county’s three current business parks, which employ thousands of residents.
Northpointe Park is a 390-acre mixed-use area that is home to Kellogg’s, Spectrum, Barnes Advertising, Saunders Machine Works, Federal Express, JW Garage Door Company, KE Dittmar Company, Ohio Textile Service, Champion Gymnastics, Flow-Liner Systems, JD Equipment , Winnelson and Northpointe Fitness.
The airport’s distribution fleet, which covers approximately 500 acres, counts as tenants 5B’s, Bimbo Bakery, Plaskolite, Wayne Manufacturing, SEOIL USA and White Castle Systems.
The Eastpointe business park spans approximately 1,200 acres with distribution centers for Dollar General and AVON Products, manufacturing facilities for Bimbo Bakery and Bilco Company and also includes Halliburton Energy Services and TRP Zanesville, a division by Hissong Kenworth.