An Oakland-area county-supported project to support a development site for businesses is nearing its final stages, with a pending wastewater facility a major remaining step.
Site work for the Strata manufacturing facility to be located at the Keysers Ridge Business Park is about 90 percent complete, according to Frank Shap, assistant director for Garrett County Economic Development.
“We will be ready to start pouring concrete we hope within a week or two for the footers for the building,” said Shap during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. “The building materials have been delivered to the site. Beitzel Corporation is the contractor for construction of the building and they plan to start soon as they have access to the site pad.”
One facet remaining is a water treatment facility for the site, for which the County is pursuing regional funding support:
The commissioners re-cently submitted a $900,000 funding request for a water treatment plant at the park to the Appalachian Regional Commission.
A plant is needed at the business park to serve both residents and businesses for the future development. Currently, residents are using septic systems and businesses are receiving wastewater service from Bruceton Farm Service, a private entity that no longer wants to provide those services, according to the preliminary project description.