Groundbreaking at Commonwealth Crossing
Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre was the center of attention today, as a long-anticipated kickoff event attracted members of the United States Congress, state leaders, local officials, and citizens and neighbors from the two states that it touches.
The event was a ceremonial beginning of development at CCBC, a 740-acre site on the North Carolina/Virginia line. The actual work on the project began in 2007, when Henry County purchased the land. The final piece was a grading permit awarded earlier this month by the Army Corps of Engineers, after a nearly two-year pursuit of that permit.
“Over that time, hundreds of hours were expended, thousands of dollars spent, and much heart and soul poured into this project,” said H.G. Vaughn, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. “I tip my hat and extend my sincerest appreciation to everyone who helped us get to this point.
“Today we break ground on our future. Commonwealth Crossing is not about our struggles to get here – it is about succeeding from here on out. And that success will be measured by the number of jobs that we will help provide.”
United States Senator Tim Kaine, United States Congressman Robert Hurt, United States Congressman Morgan Griffith, and Virginia House of Delegates member Danny Marshall also delivered remarks. United States Senator Mark Warner could not attend the event but had his remarks delivered by a member of his staff.
Afterwards the dignitaries posed in front of a bulldozer and turned over shovels of dirt to commemorate the start of the project.
Henry County officials indicated that grading work on the site is expected to begin within 2-3 weeks, and it could take up to 18-24 months to complete that work. Plans are to create about 140 to 170 acres of usable pad space for potential companies.
In the meantime the marketing of the site will ramp up, in the hope that construction on buildings will start as soon as the pads are ready. The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation will be the lead agency in marketing the property.
“This site is extremely important to our community and we are excited about getting started,” said Mark Heath, President/CEO of the EDC. “We think CCBC is going to be a game-changer for us.”
Funding partners for CCBC include Henry County, the City of Martinsville, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, the Tobacco Commission, The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Small Business Administration and the Mid-Atlantic Broadband.