The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

September 7, 2012

Great Stream Commons plan derailed

Train bridge plan delayed

ALLENWOOD — Revamped rail lines leading to Union County’s Great Stream Commons business park are nearing completion, but rebuilding a decommissioned train bridge has been delayed, the funds diverted to a Lycoming County rail bridge that was damaged severely in last fall’s floods.

Meanwhile, about six potential tenants are looking at space in the 670-acre park in Gregg Township and are studying options with the county. Hickey Associates, a highly regarded site consultant, now represents Great Streams Commons.

Tie replacement and rail restoration should be done by the end of October, said Donald Alexander, president of the Union County Industrial Development Corp., which is responsible for attracting tenants to the park near Allenwood.

The rail restoration is being funded with about $2.8 million from a $10 million federal grant the SEDA-Council of Government received.

Reconstruction of the White Deer Creek rail bridge near the park also was to be under way. However, funding priority went to repairing a trestle on an active line that crosses Loyalsock Creek in Montoursville. The trestle was heavily damaged in last September’s floods.

Funds for the White Deer Creek bridge project should be available in the spring, Alexander said.

Refurbishing the bridge and extending the rail line about six miles north into Great Stream Commons brings a fresh selling point, making the property more attractive to potential tenants by giving them another transportation option, especially into the state’s Northern Tier, Alexander said.

Regarding the six possible new tenants at Great Stream Commons, Alexander said negotiations “are in the early stage with another mega distributor” that potentially could occupy nearly 2 million square feet of space there. The Target store chain had planned to locate a major distribution center in the park, but has postponed work on that project for years.

Among the other five businesses, one is related to the Marcellus Shale industry and looking at about 20 acres of space; two are lodging operations seeking about 10 acres each; one is a hospitality business; and one is involved with trucking, Alexander said.

Alexander would not reveal the company identities, citing a policy not to reveal or announce projects. Instead, the companies announce their plans after the deals are settled.

The Union County commissioners said earlier this year they might have to raise taxes to help cover the cost of bond payments for improvements at Great Stream Commons. Park tenants would have covered the bond payments, but because there has been virtually no recent activity at the park, it’s feared taxpayers may get the bill.

About 12 years ago, Union County borrowed $12 million to buy the land after an effort by USPCI to put a hazardous-waste incinerator there was abandoned. Refinancing bonds, especially in a market of much lower interest rates, has kept using tax money off the table to pay for the loan.

1
Text Only
News
  • 1obamanew.jpg Conflicting rulings on Obamacare

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bearden9.jpg Bail reduced for Bearden

    Jasmine Bearden, who was arrested earlier this year on criminal attempted homicide charges for the alleged abuse of her six-week old baby, had her bail reduced in Union County on Tuesday morning.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • US airlines scrap Israel flights

    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1flag.jpg Mysterious white flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

    Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bass22.jpg Mifflinburg honors its national fishing champs

    MIFFLINBURG — More than 50 friends, fans and relatives gathered in front of Mifflinburg Area High School on Monday night to celebrate the homecoming of juniors Nick Osman and Garrett Enders, newly crowned winners of the BASSmasters National High School Championships, held last week in Tennessee.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Newport official succeeds Snook in $94G-a-year post

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 22, 2014

  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    July 22, 2014

  • $5,000 added for M-W restroom work

    The bill for the Midd-West School District stadium restroom renovations continues to rise to the consternation of at least one board member.

    July 22, 2014

  • Today's editorial: Dubious achievements in press secretary-ism

    Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Valley Congressman Tom Marino since May, recently posted on LinkedIn that he was excited and ready to elevate the congressman’s legislative profile — which Shucard did last weekend (but not in a good way) when he got himself arrested for bringing a pistol into a federal office building.

    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.