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MICHAEL ROKNICK | Herald

Construction crews are readying ground at Greenville-Reynolds Development for the construction of two new buildings to attract light industrial businesses. The project, at an estimated cost of between $3.2 million and $3.5 million, is expected to be completed by late summer.

PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP – Greenville-Reynolds Development is preparing for growth.

The non-profit organization is building two structures at its industrial park at an expected cost between $3.2 million and $3.5 million. 

The 16,000 sq. ft. buildings are being erected on speculation that businesses will want to settle in them, said Brad Gosser, vice president and executive director of Greenville-Reynolds. An exact cost of the project isn’t available as the organization wanted to have some leeway in adding features to comply with specifications by businesses that might want to claim the spaces.

“All of our buildings are full now,’’ Gosser said. “When you are an economic developer you have to have a building available that’s ready to go to in order to attract someone.’’ 

Both buildings will have ceilings that are capable of handling 5-ton cranes, an important selling point in the current business climate, Gosser said.

“We get a lot of requests from manufacturers that they want to have cranes,’’ he said.

Further, the buildings will have loading docks and access to rail lines.

The buildings are designed so they can be expanded to 54,000 square feet, for a total of 108,000 square feet available for light industrial businesses. If a single company wants both spaces, the buildings can be expanded and connected into a single structure.

“We’re very flexible in all of this,’’ Gosser said. “We’re willing to subdivide the buildings for a company.’’

Greenville-Reynolds is looking to lease the buildings for 50 cents a square foot per month, which would be $8,000 a month for each building, at the 16,000 square foot space. The lease cost is a bargain for whoever settles there, he said.

“I would rather be a little low and bring in business than high and leave it vacant,’’ Gosser said. “Of course we would be willing to sell them if a company made an offer,’’ he added.

The buildings will be in Pymatuning Township at the former ELG scrap yard, in a space previously occupied by National Nickel. The site was leveled to allow for the new construction. 

Because of the site’s prior operations, Greenville-Reynolds had to secure permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection before construction could begin. An environmental study commissioned by Greenville-Reynolds showed the land had heavy metals, leftovers from past occupants, Gosser said.

“We agreed with DEP to put 12 inches of concrete, clean fill or black top over the existing ground to make sure the metals would stay in place,’’ he said.

Greenville-Reynolds is funding the project through a combination of insurance proceeds it got from a past fire and a conventional mortgage.

Declan Construction of Brookfield was hired for the project, which is expected to be finished by late August or early September.