MCIDC continues development of ‘brown field’ site

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County Industrial Development Corp. continues to move toward developing the second portion of a “brown field” site located at the corner of Brown and Dorcas streets.

The first phase of the project, known as Mann Edge Terrace, was completed more than a year ago and the residents began moving into the 31-unit apartment complex in January 2013.

Environmental due diligence on the second undeveloped portion of the property has just about been completed, said MCIDC president Rob Postal.

Postal said MCIDC is looking to partner with the Lewistown Borough Council, the county, Mifflin County Planning Commission and SEDA-Council of Governments.

The parcel is a strange shape and doesn’t adhere to a borough ordinance, however, Postal said he would like to get a waiver from borough council so MCIDC can continue to develop the site.

The next phase of the project will be to secure financing, which is expected to occur in March or April, with construction beginning as early as this autumn. When finished, 34 apartments are expected to be built in the currently-undeveloped site.

In addition to the benefits of taking a brown field site and making use of it, the property is also generating tax revenue, Postal said.

Postal said the initial revenue generated prior to the completion of Mann Edge Terrace I, was nearly $4,000. It is now its in excess of $32,000 and that number is expected to double upon completion of the second apartment complex, Postal said.

There have also been changes recently at the MCIDC Plaza in Granville Township.

Postal said Trinity Plastics entered into an agreement to occupy the former building which housed Ames True Temper up until December 2013, when it closed down.

Postal said Trinity Plastics bought out Trinity Packaging and will occupy the 125,000-square-foot building.

“I see an opportunity for expansion,” Postal added.

Another shift at the plaza is a move to push the marketing of the rail yard. At present, Sylco, a company that blends and distributes fertilizers is the only company in the plaza utilizing rail. Growmark FS is purchasing Sylvite Sales, which is the parent of Sylco Service.

Postal said he sees room for expansion with Growmark and the rail yard at the plaza.