Our View: Investment shows city’s support for business park

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The city of Lancaster is putting its money where its mouth is in support of a future business park near Lancaster County Airport on S.C. 9 West.
Lancaster City Council, by a 6-1 vote, approved at its Oct. 23 meeting to allocate $900,000 to extend city water and sewer services to the Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park, a joint project being planned by Lancaster City and County Councils.
The land is across from the airport on the south side of S.C. 9 near the Lancaster/Chester county line. The location’s close proximity to the airport appears to be a key move to lure future business here.
Two years ago, County Council approved a $3.5 million bond to get the project started. Part of that money from the county will allow it to buy land for the park.
The city’s investment in the project is largely for essential water and sewer upgrades. These services are important for any future business that decides to locate in the park.
The investment will add two additional pump stations on S.C. 9 Bypass and upgrade a third city station on Meeting Street.
The city, with an eye on the future, has spent the last few years working on upgrades to its sewer treatment plant to handle substantially more water per day.
The city’s $900,000 financial commitment will come from the city’s gross revenue fund, which is about $2.2 million.
County Administrator Steve Willis said early discussions include a possible industrial park tenant who would bring manufacturing jobs to the county.
Plans are in the works to draw future industry here.
It’s a positive sign that the city and county councils are pulling together in the effort to make this happen.
Both councils know that bringing industry here means jobs and putting people to work can only be a boost for our local economy.
The city council’s financial pledge shows they are solidly committed to do what it takes to also improve the future of business here.