New Substation Could Launch Garrison Oak - Delaware Business Times

New Substation Could Launch Garrison Oak – Delaware Business Times

US Senator Tom Carper Dover helped buy land for Garrison Oak years ago when he was governor. On Friday, he said he hoped a new electrical substation would generate more business in the business park. | DBT photo by KATIE TABELING

Dover – Seeking to revitalize long-dormant economic prospects in Kent County, the Delaware delegation in Congress secured $5 million in federal funding for the attack. Garrison Oak Business and Technology Park.

The substation built on the 390-acre campus will generate over 100 megawatts of power by the time it comes online in 2023. With reliable manufacturing power and food processing equipment a key factor in site selection, it will position Dover Better positioned to compete for prospects.

“We’ve had one company approaching us, looking to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and they need the strength to do that,” Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen told the Delaware Business Times. “Being able to provide electricity, year-round, will give us more flexibility in what we can provide for this location.”

The $5 million in funding was part of the $97 million in funding that U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt of Rochester received, through the first federal appropriations in more than a decade. With Democrats in control of Congress, the practice of appropriation, or discretionary spending on projects outside of competitive bidding processes, was re-established in this spending law.

The land off White Oak Road had been farmed by the Garrison family, before Dover officials purchased it in 1999 with $2 million in government funding, with then-government assistance. Carper and State Office of Economic Development. Two years later, city officials authorized spending $14.7 million on water and sanitation infrastructure.

At the time, city officials were courting a computer chip manufacturer, and that prospect ultimately failed. Garrison Oak’s biggest victory was landing Uzin Utz, a German flooring company, in 2015 with the help of $419,000 in government grants. Advantech Inc. has also opened. Also has an office there, and Dover has welcomed a solar power plant on site.

This 360-acre Garrison Oak mall has tenants, including Uzin Utz. Much of the land is still vacant, and now has 10 to 14 plots of land for sale. | DBT photo by KATIE TABELING

To this day, there are 10 to 14 lots available for rent at Garrison Oak. If the park were fully built, it could create about 300 jobs for the state capital. Linda Barkowski, executive director of Economic Partnerships in Kent, told DBT that her office is actively submitting the site for consideration by it for prospects on a regular basis today.

Compare Senator Carper Garrison OKA disjointed, decades-long flight of a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy takes off from nearby Dover Air Force Base: a slow start on the runway, but accelerating to a faster pace of takeoff.

“We’re going to pay for this. With $5 million to provide electricity for this industrial park, this kid is going to fly,” Carper said on Friday afternoon.

Koons added that not only does Garrison Oak have the potential to create 300 jobs for Dover, but it has the promise of supporting 300 families in the Kent County area with highly skilled positions.

“We are in fierce competition for the jobs of the future. Delaware has long relied on high-quality manufacturing jobs in the past. If we want to attract them again, we have a highway, we have roads, we have sewers, and we have a great workforce,” the senator said. We needed more power.”

Christiansen has high hopes for the site, but noted that there are some challenges ahead. Direct access to Garrison Oak from the highway still does not exist, and he’s long hoped an interchange would be there to help get to the site and draw more attention to it.

In 2021, the Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization revealed recommendations, Including building a new road From Garrison Oak, it runs parallel to Route 1 and connects to the North Little Creek Interchange. This project will cost $4.7 million.

The mayor of Dover is waiting too Common Use Agreement In the Civil Aviation Building, a 20-acre facility with two of the largest runways in the state.

The new deal will increase the number of takeoffs and landings from 13,500 to 25,000 per year, creating more possibilities for air freight, airline service operations and redevelopment. It will also launch local development in similar locations such as Garrison Oak to support businesses.

“There is all this land around Garrison Oak that is owed for residential growth and we know we need affordable housing in this state,” Christiansen said. “But Dover would be the place to be, just wait.”

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