Developer Interested in Timberend Estates Area
Local businessman Blaise Alexander on Thursday said a developer is interested in the Timberend property, a tract of land north of Interstate 180 at the Lycoming Mall interchange, that will be served by the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority’s proposed expanded water system.
The development may produce “several hundred jobs,” Alexander told the county commissioners.
Alexander read a letter he said he received from Andrew Baldo, vice president of operations for Arcadia Properties LLC of Bethlehem.
According to the letter, the developer is interested in launching a development that will employ “several hundred workers” and that the company has a “long-range vision” of doing further development in the area.
The letter cited available acreage and the close proximity of major highways as reasons for interest in the site.
Alexander said he had not intended to release the information yet and will have more information in the coming weeks.
Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Jason Fink confirmed the letter.
The developer approached the Industrial Property Corp., the chamber’s commercial development arm, looking for a site to build multiple buildings totalling 2 million square feet, he said.
According to Fink, the developer needs at least 50 acres for the buildings alone and no such property exists within the city limits.
Another company is interested in building facilities totalling between 1 million and 1.2 million square feet in the undeveloped portion of Muncy Industrial Park, which also will be served by the proposed water system, Fink said.
That development could create 400 to 450 manufacturing jobs, he said.
“These are family-sustaining jobs. It is manufacturing we would want to have in our community and we’re busting our butts to get them here,” he said.
“For these types of projects, it is either do them here, or they will locate them outside the county,” he said.
The county Water and Sewer Authority’s first water system went online in early 2008. The system originally was designed to bring public water to the businesses in and around the Lycoming Mall.
It also was recognized that water and sewer infrastructure was needed to further develop industrial parks and surrounding areas, said executive director Christine Maggi-Weigle.
The authority studied several options to expand the system to promote development, including the construction of a high-yield well, interconnections with existing systems in the boroughs of Muncy and Hughesville or combinations of all of them, she said.