Officers hope to construct a 30,000-square-foot shell building within the Cyber Park to assist usher in a producer.
Danville will possible apply for $ million from the Virginia Tobacco Fee to assist pay for the mission, which might price about $2.5 million to $three million. Metropolis Council will take into account a decision in help of the applying at its assembly Tuesday evening.
Financial Improvement Director Telly Tucker mentioned industries which have thought of coming to Danville need to be up and working inside six months and should not have time to wait for a brand new building.
“We see this [a new shell building] as an opportunity for us to scale back the period of time for an trade to turn into operational,” Tucker mentioned Monday.
In a letter to council, Tucker identified that his workplace has talked with “a major variety of manufacturing corporations” searching for small-to-medium sized fashionable manufacturing buildings. Most of them have been from the aerospace, automotive, protection and development industries, he wrote within the council letter.
“Their wants span from 20,000 sq. ft … up to 100,000 sq. ft,” he wrote.
“A variety of communities have been eradicated by the shortage of provide of buildings,” Tucker instructed the Danville Register & Bee.
The shell building can be expandable to up to 100,000 sq. ft.
Danville and Pittsylvania County lack good-high quality, fashionable buildings for superior manufacturing corporations, Tucker mentioned. Three earlier new industries introduced within the final 15 months within the area have created that scarcity, he mentioned.
The Cyber Park is owned by the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority — a joint entity that features Danville and Pittsylvania County.
The park comprises the Institute for Superior Studying & Analysis, the Regional Heart for Superior Expertise & Coaching, Kyocera, Overfinch and different industries.
Suzanne Clark, Virginia Financial Improvement Partnership spokeswoman, mentioned there's a statewide scarcity of shell buildings.
“Virginia’s stock of practical, obtainable buildings is low all through the commonwealth,” Clark mentioned.
The partnership’s definition of such a building is a stand-alone facility not less than 30,000 sq. ft with ceilings not less than 24 ft excessive, Clark mentioned.
“It’s actually extremely necessary and professional-lively for Danville to be establishing a shell building as a result of having an present obtainable building prepared with infrastructure, it might get a locality or area within the web site-choice course of,” Clark mentioned.
Tucker gave examples of buildings — housing present industries within the area — that have been shell buildings. Nestle, Essel Propack, and Piedmont Precision Machine Co. are in former shell buildings, Tucker mentioned.
About two-thirds of the VEDP’s industrial prospects within the state that start web site choice search present buildings, Clark mentioned.
Apart from the attainable Virginia Tobacco Fee grant, the shell building mission within the Cyber Park could possibly be paid for via a mortgage or financed via bond cash, Tucker mentioned.
Delegate Danny Marshall, R-Danville, mentioned the fee’s Southside Financial Improvement Committee will meet, take into account the grant utility and make a suggestion to the fee. The fee is scheduled to meet in January.
“It could make Danville and Pittsylvania County … extra enticing,” Marshall, who serves on the committee, mentioned of the shell building mission.
Corporations are contemplating Danville due to the precision machining applications within the space, and one of many street blocks is getting a enterprise shortly right into a shell building, Marshall mentioned.
Pittsylvania County is also planning to construct a 40,000-square-foot building at Cane Creek Centre, one other RIFA-owned industrial park.
“Growing the commonwealth’s stock … is absolutely essential to the financial growth course of,” Clark mentioned. “It permits us to be thought of within the web site-choice course of off the bat to be aggressive for main initiatives. It actually will assist town to entice an financial growth prospect … with the infrastructure prepared to go.”
Metropolis Council will take into account whether or not to move a decision to help the applying for Virginia Tobacco Fee cash throughout its assembly at 7 p.m. Tuesday within the Municipal Building.
If the fee approves the grant, Metropolis Council would vote whether or not to settle for it.