A Cross Lanes company is developing a 57-acre business park on W.Va. 62 between Dunbar and Cross Lanes.
Jon Burdette, president and chief executive officer of Burdette Realty Improvement Inc., has big plans for the large parcel of land he secured last year.
The company acquired the property last year from Burdette's mother-in-law, Helen Clark. The property previously was owned by Burdette's father-in-law, the late Harold Clark.
"We already did the paperwork required by the Department of Environmental Protection and have built a retention pond," Burdette said. "We're now working on the roads and getting ready to move forward with utilities. We'll be putting in a new 120-foot entrance on West Washington Street."
Burdette hopes to attract tenants engaged in light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and some offices.
"We have some tenants on the front burner but no signed documents yet," he said.
"We've been around for 45 years and we can pretty much offer turnkey services," Burdette said. "We have earthmoving equipment and we are a distributor for Star metal buildings. We have our own crew to erect buildings. And we have our own HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) company.
"Because we are multi-faceted, we can turnkey a project and offer it to a tenant at a more reasonable square foot rate."
Tenants won't have to worry about business and occupation taxes because the park is in an unincorporated area.
Burdette said he's convinced there's a need for this type of development.
"The economy in West Virginia, unlike some other states, hasn't slowed down - we haven't stopped," he said. "It just moves at a slow pace. We have people calling, looking for locations."
The firm plans to develop the park in two phases. The first phase involves about 18 acres of useable land.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.