Under a blazing midday summer sun, Midlothian Economic Development board members broke ground on the city’s newest industrial asset, Midlothian Business Park.
Larry Barnett, president of Midlothian Economic Development, was joined by Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston, MED Board of Directors Chairman Danny Rodgers and Gary Pickens, president of United Properties Southwest LLC, and other local officials during a ceremony that marked the beginning of the park’s development.Located south of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro at 2801 Miller Road on Highway 67, Midlothian Business Park will encompass roughly 140 acres and will cater to companies seeking 25,000 to 150,000-square-foot facilities. The new industrial park is designed to complement the larger parcels of land available in the existing RailPort Business Park across the highway.
“The new Midlothian Business Park adds a very valuable offering to potential clients and addresses a segment of the market which is underserved, according to our real estate contacts,” said Barnett. “I am very pleased with the cooperation between the City of Midlothian and Midlothian Economic Development to bring this project together.”
Barnett said the park will help Midlothian attract intensive and specialty manufacturing and food processing companies, which were identified as prime targets in the city’s 2012 strategic plan. Additionally, he said smaller steel fabricating companies will always be a target industry due to Gerdau Ameristeel’s plant located in the community.
Discussions are ongoing with dozens of business prospects as well as developers already interested in constructing speculative buildings. Barnett said future employment figures for Midlothian Business Park could range from 400 to 800 positions depending on what companies locate in the park.
Gateway Into the Midlothian Community
In the works for nearly three years, Midlothian Business Park is garnering buzz locally and regionally as a culmination of strategic vision, planning, and partnership between city officials.
“It’s going to be exciting,” said Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston. “It’s a good project for the city.”
MED Board Chairman Danny Rodgers concurred and said, “Midlothian now has the opportunity to market to all areas, both class A as well as smaller park sites that Midlothian Business Park can accommodate. The location is ideal because it will be a gateway into our community on Highway 67.”
The park’s construction will be overseen by Dallas-based commercial real estate developer United Properties Southwest LLC. Specializing in turnkey design, development, and construction of industrial real estate, United Properties has constructed 33 properties in 21 cities and 11 states, representing more than $148 million in commercial properties since 1990.
“We’ve spent months in study and review and we’ve come up with a design that we feel is dynamic and perfect for the market demand,” said Gary Pickens, president of United Properties. The layout, design, and landscaping will enhance the park and make it a great spot for businesses, he added.
“When this is all finished in about eight or nine months, we will have a little over 140 acres of net buildable land,” said Pickens. “That translates into a little over 2 million feet of buildable area. So it should be quite a job creator for the city, certainly a boost to the tax base and just a great home for a lot of new companies.”
About Midlothian Economic Development
Midlothian Economic Development is a nonprofit industrial development corporation with the purpose of promoting economic development – increasing the wealth of stakeholders within the city of Midlothian. The corporation was established in February 1999 under the Development Corporation Act of 1979, as amended, Article 5190.6 and is a Type A corporation under the Act.
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