Franklin County broke ground Thursday on the 550-acre Summit View Business Park. The park is intended to create new sites for businesses while providing residents with additional recreational options.
The first phase of construction, estimated at $9.7 million, is expected to be completed by June. According to the county, it will include grading for two building pad sites, with one five-acre site and a 25-acre site. Phase one also will extend utilities and build an access road connecting the site to U.S. 220. Eventually the project will include pavilions, athletic fields, a BMX bicycle course, festival area, tourist visitor center, multiuse trails and more.??
“This is just the first step of a long-term effort by Franklin County to create a new economic future for its citizens,” Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cline Brubaker said in a statement. He added that the park is expected to attract “a wide variety of economic development prospects looking for low costs of doing business, a skilled workforce, and ready-to-go building pads.”