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County OKs $400,000 for Kershaw park

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By Jenny Hartley

County Council members unanimously agreed Monday to fund $400,000 worth of improvements at the Kershaw industrial site.

The site will one day look more like an industrial park, with trees cleared and roads built into it with the funding.

"This would really be a big jump start for Kershaw," said County Councilman Jack Estridge, who represents the area.

Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said he met with Kershaw town officials last week, to talk to them about not annexing the park into the town limits. This would keep taxes lower, and would likely help attract more businesses to the site, Tunnell said.

Tunnell said he'll know later this month how mine operations will work at Haile Gold Mine, which is being explored by Romarco Minerals. If the mine is viable, the Kershaw industrial park could become home to several suppliers for the mine.

Romarco may also build some of its facilities at the industrial park, Tunnell said.

Tunnell said at council's July 28 meeting that he sees a lot of potential for the 120-acre site, with its access to U.S. 601, a heavy truck route, and Interstate 20 in nearby Camden.

Tunnell said he'd like to see at least two sites cleared in the park, so they'll be ready when a company wants to build there.

Council funded similar improvements at Heath Springs Industrial Park last year. Like the Kershaw park, it's a new industrial park.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1151