Johnstown and the Port Authority may have the first tenant of the new industrial park


JOHNSTOWN – A new industrial park, Johnstown Enterprise Center, located on the southwestern outskirts of Johnstown, may have found its first tenant.

New River Electrical Corporation, an electrical contractor based in Cloverdale, Va., And Westerville, Ohio, plans a $ 12 million development that includes a 50,100 square foot office / training building and a 32,400 square foot fleet construction and maintenance support building.

The development would be located on 41 acres on Duncan Plains Road, less than a mile east of US 62. The development would be on 20 acres owned by the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and 21 adjacent acres owned by Duncan Plains Limited. .

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The company said it plans to eventually create 55 permanent full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $ 7.9 million. If approved, the company estimated the project could start in March and end around May 2023.

The development still needs the approval of the Village of Johnstown and the Port Authority.

“It’s not a done deal yet,” said Jim Lenner, Director of the Village of Johnstown. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but it looks good. They’ve seen what we’re doing in Johnstown, but they’re also taking a risk.

“Hats off to the port authority They helped us and without them I don’t know if that would happen.”

The port authority’s planning committee has approved the plan to sell its 20 acres in the industrial park to the company. The Harbor Authority is also working with the Licking County Engineer to make improvements to Duncan Plains Road.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Platt said, “We have acquired 20 acres with Johnstown to develop as a spark” for the industrial park. “It was the minimum land we needed to recoup our investment. I think that certainly validates the concept, if it does.

The Johnstown Planning Commission could approve the plan on Tuesday, and the village will also consider Oct. 6 approval of a community reinvestment area agreement with New River Electrical.

The village announced two years ago its intention to create a second industrial park as part of a joint project with the Port Authority, which built a road and installed utilities on the park’s 90 acres north of Duncan Plains Road. Another 90 acres on the south side of Duncan Plains Road could be added later, Lenner said.

Fred Paul, a member of the port authority’s planning committee, said New River Electrical should be a catalyst to help the park attract other businesses.

“I think it’s going to be a really good magnet to fill that space,” Paul said. “The head office is a big problem. ”

The CRA deal, if approved, would provide the company with 100% property tax exemption over 15 years for the assessed value of new real estate structures on the site.

In return for the tax deduction, the company would make payments in lieu of taxes to the village of $ 85,000 per year for the first 10 years and $ 120,000 per year for the next five years. And, when the deal is finalized, New River will also make a one-time payment of $ 50,000 to the village.

The village would then pay the Johnstown-Monroe School District at least 50% of the tax money the schools would have received from the new development if it had not been exempt.

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By the numbers

Project cost: Estimated at $ 12 million.

Zoned: Approximately 41 acres, 20 owned by the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and 21 owned by Duncan Plains Limited.

Corporate office building: 50,100 square feet; includes a 33,850 square foot two-story office wing and a 16,250 square foot single-storey training wing.

Repair of fleet vehicles, maintenance building: 32,400 square feet, includes a one-story high-rise space and six vehicle repair areas.

Car park: 236 vehicle spaces, including 201 at the head office / training center and 35 in the maintenance building.

Employees: Estimate of 55 employees and annual payroll of $ 7.9 million. Recruitment to start in 2022 and end in 2036.

CRA tax abatement: Proposed 100% agreement for 15 years, with annual payments to the Village of Johnstown in the amount of $ 85,000 for 10 years and $ 120,000 for five years. The Johnstown-Monroe School District receives at least 50% of the tax money it would have received from the new development if it had not been exempt.


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