---- — The Rushville Redevelopment Commission has moved forward on plans to develop a new Industrial Park on the north side of the city. The Commission voted unanimously to proceed with advertising for bids for the construction of infrastructure within the new industrial park. Interested contractors must submit bids to the city no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 26.
The city was awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration (EDA) in August, 2012.
“This is an exciting step in this process,” said RDC president John McCane. “This project has been in the works for several years, so there is some genuine exuberance as we move forward.”
In 2007, during the Bob Bridges Administration, the city of Rushville chose to act on an 80-acre land option across from INTAT Precision. Shortly thereafter, a committee was established to plan for the development of the land into a new industrial park. In 2010, the site secured the distinction as a “shovel ready” site for industrial development. From that time, the Redevelopment Commission continued to seek funding options for the development of the new industrial park.
In May, 2012, Mayor Pavey led a group of city leaders to Washington, D.C. to promote economic development projects deemed important for Rushville and Rush County. The North Industrial Park was among those projects. In August, 2012, the EDA officially awarded the $1.6 million grant to the city of Rushville.
“This project spans three administrations and three city councils,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “The city has determined to make a significant financial investment in the economic development of this community. It is fantastic to start to see the fruits from the work of so many local leaders.”
According to Pavey, this project will transform the shovel ready site into a “backhoe ready” site for prospective industrial development.
The project is expected to develop complete infrastructure throughout the 80-acre parcel. This will include road construction, extension of water and wastewater lines, the development of retention ponds, storm drainage, and lighting.
Once the bids are opened Sept. 26, the engineering firm of Butler Fairman & Seufert will review the bids to determine that they meet all aspects of the plans and specifications for the project.
The Redevelopment Commission is prepared to award a contract immediately upon approval from the EDA.
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