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Industrial Development Could Bring 600 Jobs to Milford
Written by Kelly Kalb, Correspondent

         Milford Township is now one step closer to providing the community with more than 600 job opportunities through an industrial development proposed by Gorski Engineering of Collegeville.

        During Tuesday's supervisors meeting, developer Jerry Gorski requested the board approve the placement of a 25-foot temporary sales trailer next to Windy Springs' farm stand located in the 1900 block of John Fires Highway, east of Wawa.

        The trailer would allow for heavy marketing of the industrial development Gorski is proposing around the Quakertown Interchange of the PA Turnpike, referred to as the Milford Commerce Center.

        The commerce center is made up of three parcels of land measuring 10-, six- and four-acres along AM Drive that are reportedly ideal for industrial development, such as manufacturing, medical, or retail.  Gorski is currently looking for clients for those parcels and would reportedly build to suit.

        The $30 million worth of real estate could potentially bring 600 jobs to the area, Gorski said. 

        Officials agreed to the sales marketing trailer placement with appropriate signage and access.

        Milford officials also heard from two prospective tenants of the township-owned property at Route 663 and Portzer Road. The building is the former home of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce and now sits vacant in need of repair.

        Tom Barndt, a Milford resident, presented the board with his vision of the property as a lawn equipment repair business, which he has managed for the past two years at another undisclosed location.

        "We would use the downstairs mostly for tools and lawn equipment sales. Salvage and scrap would be at another location, as well as servicing of equipment," Barndt explained.  No large pieces of equipment would be housed at the location and a fence would need to be constructed, he said.

        Barndt also explained he is hoping to outgrow the business after five years at the Portzer Road location. His plans would also include farming the neighboring 8 acres of public open space owned by the township.

        Another proposal was presented by Mark Brownlee of American Native Nursery, Quakertown. Brownlee provides professional services of ecological restoration and landscape services using native plants.

        "This location is ideal for what we are looking for. We would like to use the adjacent property for growing plant material and the building as an office for sales," Brownlee said.

         "What types of native plants or tress would you have on the property? And do you use pesticides or herbicides on those plants and trees?" Township Manager Jeff Vey asked.

        Brownlee explained the average size of a native tree would be on a smaller scale, possibly 6-feet tall. He also remarked no herbicides or pesticides are used in the growth of the plants and trees.

        Supervisor Tom Courduff questioned whether the township's solicitor was able to determine what the public open space can be used for.

"Our solicitor did review the township's ordinances and said it would be OK for agricultural purposes. Neighbors were also asked, and they are OK with the land being used," Vey said.

        After some further discussion, officials said they hope to make a decision on the new tenant at the next scheduled meeting on March 4.






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