Hamburg Dedicates New Connection To Route 61

Northbound Pennsylvania Route 61 approaching t...

Northbound Pennsylvania Route 61 approaching the intersection with Fourth Street in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HAMBURG, PA – Hoping to bring more business to the area, state and local officials on Friday dedicated a new 1,100-foot stretch of highway leading from the borough to Route 61.

It took seven years and more than $4 million to develop this extension of the borough’s two-lane Grand Street, which leads to a new intersection on Route 61 just north of the facility for Advanced H20 at 316 Front St. It opened July 17, John Leonforte, the borough’s code enforcement manager, said.

“This new access will enhance development of more than 40 acres for new commercial and industrial opportunities, bringing more jobs and growth to the Hamburg area,” borough Manager Marisa C. Lenceski said in a speech before a crowd of 20 on Friday at a special event staged near Grand and Front streets.

MBC Development, Schuylkill Haven, owns land bordering the north and south sides of the new stretch of Grand Street, James W. Miller, MBC president, said Friday.

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Boyertown’s Gateway Starts $7 Million Project In Colebrookdale Township

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc. broke ground Wednesday on the construction of a $7 million global headquarters in Colebrookdale Township.

Gateway manufactures ticketing, point of sale and admission control systems to entertainment venues, passenger transportation companies and nonprofit organizations.

The 42,000-square-foot, two-story building at 445 County Line Road is partially financed by a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan. Completion is expected next spring.

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Dollar General Could Soon Start Berks Park 78 Hiring

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dollar General could start recruiting employees for its new distribution center at Berks Park 78 in Bethel Township in late August or September, a Berks official said Wednesday.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn., company is building a state-of-the-art distribution facility off Interstate 78 and will be looking to fill more than 500 jobs in the region.

Thomas C. McKeon, executive director of the Berks County Industrial Development Authority, said he has been in touch with a Dollar General human resources official who said the recruitment process would begin soon.

“He wouldn’t say it was official, and everything is fluid,” McKeon said. “But he said it’s probably late August or September, but that could change.”

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More Than 89 Acres Sold At Berks Park 78

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Reno, Nev.-based real estate development company has purchased 89.22 acres in Berks Park 78 for $7.5 million, the Berks County Industrial Development Authority announced Tuesday.

Gene Preston, partner for the eastern region with Dermody Properties, said the company does not have a prospective tenant for Berks Park 78.

“That’s not atypical for us,” he said. “We are investors in real estate. We like to buy good land sites. This is an outstanding site, we are going to aggressively market the site and we feel fairly confident.”

Pennsylvania and the Berks Park location, in particular, provides strategic infrastructure to be able to move goods to the population base in the northeastern part of the country, Preston explained.

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A Tip Of The Hat To Berks Park 78

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Equipment from area construction companies pointed to the reason Gov. Tom Corbett was standing Friday in an open field in Bethel Township.

PetSmart Inc. was about to begin work on a new 870,000-square-foot distribution center in the Berks Park 78 industrial center.

The $50 million project is expected to be completed by early 2014 and eventually create 500 permanent jobs in the region by 2016.

The site off Interstate 78 and Route 501 is ideal because it’s within one long day’s ride of 60 percent of the eastern United States, Corbett said.

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East Penn Plans Multimillion-Dollar Manufacturing Plant

East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. announced plans Tuesday for a $80 million to $100 million manufacturing plant on the battery maker’s campus near Lyons.
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The proposed plant would create more than 300 jobs when fully functional and at capacity, according to Graham G. Anderson, vice president of facilities, engineering and maintenance at East Penn.

East Penn expects to produce industrial and automotive batteries there. The industrial batteries are material-handling vehicles used in warehouses, such as forklifts, said Anderson, who is in charge of the project.

Daniel R. Langdon, president of East Penn, said, “It will be a multifaceted facility and flexible enough to be able to support growth in all segments of lead acid batteries.”

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Reading OKs Program To Sell Off Blighted Houses

Needing a way for the city to sell off the blighted houses it has begun taking from property owners, City Council on Monday approved an agreement to use a special program by the Reading-Berks Association of Realtors.

Part of a statewide effort, the Realtors’ Community Reinvestment – or CORE – program will try to match the homes with buyers and mortgage companies and rehab contractors.

There are several advantages to the buyers, top among them a 10-year graduated property tax abatement – no taxes the first year, scaling up to 90 percent in the 10th.

But there’s also potential help with closing and rehab costs and even the price of the home, as well as cutting in half the 5 percent real estate transfer tax and discount permit fees.

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