Westfield Business Park, Westfield, Tioga County
Tioga County Development Corporation (TCDC), owner of the Westfield Business Park (Westfield, Tioga County), held a groundbreaking at the future business park. The development is on the site of the Westfield Tannery, which employed more than 200 people before closing in 2005. Since that time, TCDC, NTRPDC, and other partners have worked to redevelop the site for active use. TCDC took ownership of the 18.3-acre property in 2014 and was awarded grant funds to continue clean-up efforts and begin demolition of several facilities. Phase 1 of the demolition included funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission ($100,000) and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Industrial Sites Reuse Program ($34,650). Additionally, the Northern Tier Partnership for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) committed $50,000, Tioga County contributed $11,500, and TCDC dedicated $12,500 of its funds into the project.
Although it is a small portion of the overall projected $9 million project, the clean-up and demolition phase is essential to move the project forward. Work included removing several tanks, an electrical substation, and a lime silo all used in the tannery business. Additionally, one building will be removed and soil testing completed.
Upon completion of this phase of the project, planning partners will work to acquire funds for demolition of more than 30 other structures on site, relocation of the creek running through the site, and ultimately redevelopment of usable structures and construction of new buildings to complete the business park. This first phase is a small but important visual reminder to the community that progress is being made in moving this project forward.
WESTFIELD BUSINESS PARK UPDATE
Additional State Funds Approved/Phase 1 Demolition Complete
The Westfield Business Park Phase 1 Demolition was completed in December 2015. Several aboveground storage tanks, a lime silo, an electrical substation and a house will be demolished as part of grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) via US Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED )PREP Program. Additional funding is being provided by TCDC. The Bids will be opened on May12, 2015 at the project was awarded to Tri State Trucking of Mansfield.
In conjunction with this project, the Tioga County Development Corporation (TCDC) completed an Industrial Sites Reuse Program 1 (ISRP) Grant form DCED for the final phase of the environmental evaluation of the property. An ISRP $13,575 Grant from DCED was awarded in October and the remediation was completed the week of December 7, 2015. The match was provided by the Tioga County’s Act 13 funding.
A Growing Greener Grant Application submitted by the Borough of Westfield for the relocation of Closes Creek is pending action. The match was provided by the Tioga County’s Act 13 funding.
In January 2015, we submitted a Grant Application for a Pennsylvania RACP for $1.5 Million for demolition. We have not seen any action on this request.
Foor & Associates, Architects and SSM serve as our engineering consultants for the development of the Westfield Business Park. The Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission(NTRPDC) have been very helpful in securing funding.