Elgin_The winter weather hasn't let up, and neither will industrial park construction in Elgin. It's underway where the BAE Systems site will turn out the Non-Line Of Sight (NLOS) Cannon. I-44 commuters and Elgin residents may have noticed that construction is going on near the Elgin exit as Comanche County Eastern District Crews are preparing the way for a new access road to be poured.
Ronnie Ward with The Association of South Central Oklahoma Government, says they hope to have the first building constructed in the new industrial area by this summer. Comanche County's Eastern District Workers were out working on a road bed despite conditions Thursday.
County Commissioner Gail Turner says the area has a lot of soil that is unsuitable for building a road. The crews are working on smoothing it out at this time. "Basically the county is doing the incline work for this roadway for this industrial park out here," he says. "The county is doing the incline work to help the project along to make it all work."
Ward is with the Community Economic Development Department for ASCOG. He says the dirt will be leveled soon. "We're further than we have ever been and were glad," he says. "Commissioner Turner has done a great job with his crew getting our base road built. We're moving along and hope to have a building up by mid summer."
All of this takes money, and Ward says ASCOG is researching community development grants that could fund up to $100,000, along with other loans and options to fund the project. "We have to go through the state bidding process so it does take some time," he says. "But we're on schedule as much as we can be."
Ward says the site is great for military-related businesses, and the location is beneficial since it's right off a major interstate highway. He says he believes it will continue to attract more businesses to the area in the future. Ward says they wouldn't be where they are now without Lawton Industrial Foundation, Comanche County Industrial Authority. They are helping to fund the project.