The Rushville Redevelopment Commission has awarded a construction contract to a Seymour firm to begin the long-awaited development of an 80-acre industrial park on the north side of the city. King’s Trucking and Excavation, Inc. was awarded the $2.7 million contract.
“We have been anxiously anticipating this milestone since last August when we were awarded federal funds to help move this project forward,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey.
Shortly after taking office, Pavey led a delegation of local leaders and economic development officials to Washington D.C. to lobby the U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and congressional leaders regarding issues, needs and projects that are important to the Rushville and Rush County community.
In August, 2012, the EDA awarded $1.66 million to the City of Rushville for the development of the Industrial Park. The City will match these funds with $1.66 million of local dollars for the development of the industrial park.
The project, located at North State Road 3 and County Road 200 North, will consist of developing an 80-acre parcel of land into a fully developed industrial park. This will include road construction, extension of water and wastewater line, the development of retention ponds, storm drainage, and lighting.
“Everyone talks about being ‘shovel ready’ when they discuss industrial parks,” said Economic Development Director John McCane. “When people think of growth opportunities in Rushville, we want them to know that Rushville’s new industrial park is ‘backhoe ready’ and available for immediate industrial development.”
McCane, who also is the President of the City Redevelopment Commission, shared that during the next 10 to 14 days the contractor, engineers, grant administrators, city leaders and EDA officials in Chicago will be finalizing contract documents, performance bonding, and scheduling a pre-construction conference before a groundbreaking date can be set.
“Although this is not the optimal time to be starting this project,” said project engineer Mark Chmeliwskyj, “we are hopeful that the contractor will be able to begin some aspects of the project yet this year.”
The firm of Butler Fairman & Seufert has been hired for construction engineering and construction inspection of the project.