Erie County commissioners announced plans for a new 24-acre high-tech industrial park in Milan Township that will spur growth in both Erie and Huron counties.
“We’re really excited about this,” Commissioner Bill Monaghan said. “This is probably the biggest thing that’s going to happen in this area in the next 25 years, at least as far as economic development.”
He said plans to build a runway at NASA Plum Brook and the news that Lockheed Martin is bringing in about 80 high-paying jobs to the area for NASA contracts are all part of exciting economic growth that will benefit both counties. The new park, on Huron-Avery Road, could be ready for buildings to go up in as little as eight months, Monaghan said. The first building there will be a new Erie County court building.
The park is in the Berlin-Milan Local school district.
Commissioners have applied for a $900,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development to bring utilities and build roads for the new industrial park. Monaghan said Gov. Ted Strickland, state Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island Twp.) and state Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) all are in favor of the project.