Jefferson City, Mo- The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that the City of Washington is making necessary water improvements to the Schulze Industrial Park through a recently approved Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $678,075. These improvements will help the community strengthen the industrial park and create opportunities for businesses to expand.
“Missouri supports our current businesses, and we are here to help them grow,” said DED Acting Director Rob Dixon. “With this grant, the City of Washington can make necessary facility improvements that will benefit businesses currently operating in the industrial park as well as help attract new businesses in the future.”
The existing wet basin storm water facility is at capacity for the existing water shed impervious surfaces and provides detention for several industries located in Schulze Industrial Park. The approximate three-acre site has historically been dedicated for storm water use since the founding of the industrial park. Prior to the use by the industrial park, the wet basin was a farm pond built in the 1970’s, based on U.S. Geological Survey maps. The detention basin was required in order to accommodate any future business expansions at the park.
The City plans to begin the construction of the detention basin in June of 2017 and complete it in December 2017. The City of Washington will be responsible for the maintenance of the detention basin.
The CDBG program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides grants and loan funds to cities with a population under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 to assist in a variety of public works and economic development projects.
For other community development programs, visit www.ded.mo.gov.
This news comes on the heels of Frick’s Quality Meats’, a local smoked meat and sausage manufacturer, plans to create 40 new jobs and embark on a $8 million-expansion at its facility in the Schulze Industrial Park.
“We are very pleased to see Frick’s expansion of their existing facility within Schulze Industrial Park. Their commitment to the Washington community over generations is impressive and we appreciate our partnership with them,” said Darren Lamb, City Administrator for the City of Washington.
“We are excited to see this growth opportunity for Frick’s Quality Meats,” said Mayor Sandy Lucy. “This is another fine example of a locally-owned industry investing in our community and our labor force.”