The rolling hills of a former farm just outside London City Limits will be the county’s newest industrial park.
The deed for the purchase of G and G Farms was recorded earlier this month, with the 132-acre property along U.S. 25 and Ky. 1006 offering even more job opportunities for the area in the near future.
Paula Thompson, executive director of the London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority, said another industrial park is necessitated by the expansion of several existing businesses and inquiries by new businesses wishing to locate here.
“We’re getting calls every day from businesses wanting to build or locate here,” Thompson said. “All the other industrial parks are full - we’ve sold property and/or leased all the buildings we have. Even the Fariston park is full now.”
G and G Farms (former Spring Lake Dairy) was purchased for $2.1 million earlier this month. Thompson said she is currently working with state transportation officials to obtain a permit to do work in the right- of-way on Ky. 1006 to lower the corner and create a main entrance into the new park. She has requested a turn lane on Ky. 1006 to help with the backup of traffic already on the road and the safety of those traveling on the highway.
“We needed a large parcel of property to market to new companies,” she said. “That is a one of a kind, beautiful piece of property and water and sewer infrastructure is being upgraded across the property for the new detention center in Fariston.”
The property borders U.S. 25 past the Levi Jackson State Park entrance, Ky. 1006 and extends along Court Road to the west and south. The new park will bear the names of the previous owners and will be known as Greer Industrial Park, which was purchased from the heirs of East Bernstadt businessman, Elmo Greer.
Thompson added that the traffic flow along Ky. 1006 with the Dennis Karr Airpark, London-Corbin Airport, Xerox, Hearthside Food Solutions and South Laurel middle and high schools has created immense traffic flow problems in the area and they are hoping remedies will soon follow.
The barn that once housed cattle and has hosted several field trips for area children has already been removed. The silo will also be removed in the near future, Thompson said.
“I wanted to keep it, but the state regulations are very strict,” she explained. “You have to keep it so many feet from other businesses so in case of a tornado or storm it can’t fall on the other buildings. So we decided to just take it down too.”
Excavation is expected to begin soon, although no specific date was set.