JACKSON COUNTY, MI – People can expect to see movement at the site of a new technology park in Blackman Township soon.
The 145-acre Jackson Technology Park north on County Farm Road has been in the works for five years and officials are preparing to begin construction in 2022, said Tim Rogers, president of Jackson’s Enterprise Group. The park is expected to create 40 manufacturing jobs, retain 136 jobs and generate $ 4 million in private investment, officials said.
Related: Efforts to bring a new technology park to Jackson are making headway
“This journey began five years ago with a bus trip that Jackson’s Enterprise Group and investors took around Jackson County to look for potential development properties,” said Enterprise Group President Tim Sparks. . “This is a big new project for Jackson County.”
The Blackman Township Local Development Financing Authority purchased the property for $ 907,400 in 2018. The lot is located north of an existing 80-acre industrial park previously purchased by Blackman Township LDFA and sold to companies.
The new project also received a $ 5.92 million development grant from the US Economic Development Administration in April 2021. The grant was made available through the CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program. Blackman Township also provides $ 1.5 million, according to the project’s plans.
Related: $ 6 million in development for a new industrial park on Jackson County farmland
The land is divided into 10 plots that can be purchased by manufacturing companies interested in settling in the park. The parcels range from three to 30 acres in size, Rogers said.
The works inside the park will start first, including the water and sewage systems. Technology Drive will also be extended half a mile north on the Blackman Township property, Rogers said. This work is expected to take place this summer, he said.
After that, work on County Farm Road will begin in the 2023 construction season, Rogers said. The EDA grant will help improve safety for residential pedestrians on County Farm Road, including Trilliam Pointe Apartment Housing and Windham Hills Manufactured Home Community, as well as those working in the area, Rogers said.
“There will be a lot of changes here,” Rogers said. “During shift changes, many workers will walk along the side of the road to get to the bus stop – there will be a lot of improvements in that.”
The shoulders on the street will be widened to four feet and sidewalks will be installed, Rogers said. This work will take place between the streets of Blackman and Springport.
A new road sign at Technology Drive will also be added to County Farm Road to help slow traffic, he said.
“A lot has to do with public safety and a lot has to do with access for trucks to go back and forth,” Rogers said.
The next step is to get bids for the project, Rogers said, adding that applications will close on Tuesday, July 5.
Officials on the project can be completed within the next two years, Rogers said.
Jackson County officials, including County Administrator / Controller Mike Overton, are thrilled to see the project come true.
“This is just another big Jackson project. Jackson is on the move, “Overton said.
More from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:
New principal chosen for middle school in Parkside
Man convicted of fatal shooting in Jackson County to spend 2 decades behind bars
Retired band director reflects on 30 years spent in Jackson area schools: “That’s what I was raised for.”
An empty Jackson lot could be the key to a southern grocery store, officials say
Court of Appeals denies court candidate Jackson’s lawsuit