Industrial park in Avilla garnering interest
The 81-acre field is covered in snow, but interest in Avilla’s new industrial park already has started heating up.
Once the weather turns, new businesses could begin taking a serious look at the available acreage.
Town Manager Bill Ley reported to the Avilla Town Council Wednesday night that he’s already received two calls inquiring about the available land and that a utility extension project has been completed.
Avilla put up a sign within the last month to advertise that the land is for sale for industrial use, and that translated into calls pretty quickly, Ley said. Preparations to make the site “shovel-ready” for development are continuing this winter.
Avilla is well-situated for further industrial development due to its location on S.R. 3 and relatively close proximity to Fort Wayne and the Interstate 69 corridor, compared to other municipalities in Noble County.
Utilities are being extended to the 81 acres off S.R. 8 and Lemper Road, which the town purchased last summer. Avilla’s current industrial parks are full, so the town used economic development income tax money to purchase more land.
“Sanitary sewer has been installed to the west side of the property,” Ley said.
Ley’s also been in contact with the Noble County Highway Department and the Indiana Department of Transportation to discuss where road entrances for the park could be established.
Ley suggested the town do a traffic impact study early next year, which would be helpful for negotiating with INDOT on an entrance off S.R. 8.