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New industrial park in works

A Belgian firm is splitting 60 acres near the airport into 10 lots ranging in size that will give companies easy transportation access.

By BETH N. GRAY
Published August 26, 2006


SPRING HILL - Anderson Snow Road is getting a new industrial park.

Holland Springs Industrial Properties Inc., a Belgian firm, is installing infrastructure on more than 60 acres that has been plotted into 10 lots ranging in size from 1.27 acres to 19 acres.

Accuform, a manufacturer of signs and safety products currently in the Airport Industrial Park, is in the process of acquiring the 19-acre site, where it will eventually build and move, said Accuform president Dave Johnson.

An unidentified local firm has purchased a 15-acre plot in a speculative move with intentions to subdivide and lease or sell to other manufacturing entities.

Holland Springs is putting in roads, water, sewer, electric, telecommunications and drainage improvements.

"So, that certainly makes it an attractive site with those utilities in place," said Mike McHugh, director of business development for Hernando County.

The site, which will be known as the Anderson Snow Industrial Park, is "an important piece in the puzzle for us because of the proximity to the airport," McHugh said. "It's part of our planned development around the airport. We need to buffer the airport with industry. This is an important milestone."

Alan Garman, president of Civil-Tech Consulting Engineers in Brooksville, noted that all but two of the park's parcels are zoned industrial, the other two being zoned for corporate use.

Garman has done the plotting and permitting on the project.

The site is particularly attractive for its transportation access, Garman pointed out. It fronts Anderson Snow Road, and the Suncoast Parkway runs behind it. It is west of the airport.

Staffers at the county's Office of Business Development don't see the new park as competition for the county-owned manufacturing sites in the airport vicinity.

Valerie Pianta, program coordinator for the county office, said, "We don't have any vacancies right now, but people are building. We have lots available at the Corporate AirPark and the RailPark."

Of the new development, Pianta said, "It will be a very nice addition to our industrial base."

The first tenant could move in as early as January.

Beth Gray may be contacted at graybethn@earthlink.net.

[Last modified August 26, 2006, 06:32:56]


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