Search widens for land suitable for Pike County business

By Beth Brelje Pocono Record Writer October 05, 2012
The Pike County Economic Development Authority is considering various options in its search for land suitable for development. The empty business park in Blooming Grove Township, owned by the county since 1997, is largely unbuildable. LP Cylinder Service of Shohola plans to buy nearly 36 acres of the business park for $536,000, plus a never-used sewage treatment plant for $40,000. The remaining 570 acres of the park has too many environmental limitations, including a habitat for an endangered salamander, and recently expanded setbacks from wetlands, leaving little space for building. The authority is looking into swapping the unusable land for a 285-acre parcel owned by the state located along Route 6 in Blooming Grove Township, less than a mile west from the intersection of Route 739 and abutting Blooming Grove Hunting Club property. The pursuit of land for business development is still in the early stages. And the swap is only one option. Another idea would be to obtain a few small parcels in several locations throughout the county, or find another large plot of land elsewhere. Pike County has much preserved open space but needs a place set aside for economic development, said Mike Sullivan, executive director of the Pike Economic Development Authority. “When it is all said and done, I just want a location that I can show developers. Right now I have nothing to show except the business park, and that doesn’t show well,” Sullivan said.