DELAWARE TOWNSHIP – Watching a construction worker spread soil and gravel with a backhoe on Thursday, Brad Gosser reflected on the $3.1 million to $3.3 million project’s timetable.
“With all the rain we’ve had, we’re still pretty much on schedule,’’ Gosser, Greenville-Reynolds Development Corp.’s vice president and executive director said.
This is a huge financial commitment for the nonprofit organization’s industrial park. With a mid- to late-August completion date, the two 16,000-square-foot buildings are being constructed on speculation that businesses will want to settle in them.
“They should be complete pretty close to the same time, maybe just a couple weeks apart,’’ he said.”
Declan Construction of Brookfield was hired for the project. The buildings will be sitting atop a brownfield site in the park. As a result, that required more planning in dealing with state and federal regulations, Gosser said.
Both 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.
“We spent more than two years in just planning on this,’’ Gosser said of meeting environmental regulations. “We had to get extra permitting, which requires more time. What used to take 12 to 18 months took 24 to 36 months in planning.’’
Both buildings have slight but noticeable pitched roofs – and that’s on purpose, Gosser said.
“Flat roofs are nothing but problems,’’ he said. “Rain gets off a slanted roof much better.’’
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.
Greenville-Reynolds had looked at constructing buildings around 2008, but the timing was awful.
“It was the start of the recession,’’ Gosser said. “No business was looking for new buildings then.’’
A much-improved economy is allowing for the current project. And Greenville-Reynolds has another motivation in constructing the buildings.
“All of our building space is filled up,’’ Gosser said. “We need to have buildings if we want to get businesses here.’’