Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
New Harrisburg Road Expected to Bring Business
HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg and Saline County leaders are trying to take advantage of the town's new bypass. Crews are building a frontage road, parallel with the bypass, connected to Veteran's Drive. The new road will create access to nearly six acres of land, which leaders hope will attract new business.
"The city is getting aggressive," said Harrisburg Commissioner John McPeek.
City and county leaders are working in tandem to bring more jobs to Harrisburg. It starts with the road project and 60 acres of land. McPeek says this is an exciting time for the town.
"Harrisburg is business friendly and we are ready to go and we are ready for people to shop Harrisburg and grow the city," explained McPeek.
Six acres of the 60 will be accessible to start, thanks to the frontage road. County board member Danny Gibbs says the project creates a prime location along the bypass.
"This is basically the hottest corner that we got in Saline County. We are saying it is open for business," said Gibbs.
Gibbs says he's received interest in the spot but is waiting for a chain restaurant to make a bid. He says once one goes in, more will follow.
The stretch of land is owned by the county, but the city is using the last of its TIF funds to build the $750,000 road.
"What we would love to see is for development to happen here and to create jobs and this is what it's all about, creating jobs," said Gibbs.
It'll be a couple of months before the frontage road is finished. Once completed, the city will run water and sewer lines to the area and then it'll be ready to go.
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