Danville site latest to earn build-ready certification

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A tract within Danville’s John H. Stigall Business Center marks the latest addition to Kentucky’s Build-Ready program, which offers sites equipped to help businesses move rapidly from planning to production.

The Danville tract joins 15 others available statewide for companies wishing to expedite the location process and begin construction immediately.

“The Build-Ready program provides a great opportunity to help companies select a location and get the facility up and running without the potential for delays in permitting, establishing utilities or any of the numerous needs that must be met before a business can become operational,” said Jeff Taylor, the cabinet’s commissioner of business development. “Time is incredibly valuable to growing companies, and this program has already proven to be a great resource for several companies.”

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The Danville site includes a 100,000-square-foot building pad on 17 acres, zoned for heavy industrial use, and includes access to water, sewer, natural gas, electric and broadband.

Build-Ready certification means the site includes a pad ready to accommodate a building of 100,000 square feet or more – and utilities extending to the site’s edge. It means the applicant – usually a city, county or economic development group – already filed the necessary permits, including water, environmental and geotechnical, as well as preliminary building plans, cost estimates and schedule projections. Applicants must also provide a rendering of a potential building for the site.

To date, four former Build-Ready-certified sites in Graves, Laurel, Warren and Washington counties have been selected by companies for new location projects, highlighting the program’s effectiveness at getting companies online in a quick, cost-efficient manner.

In addition to the new site in Danville, Kentucky’s 15 other Build-Ready sites include tracts in the Highland Glen Industrial Park in Glasgow, the Bluegrass Crossings Regional Business Centre in Beaver Dam, the 4 Star Regional Industrial Park in Henderson, the Shelton Lane Industrial Park in Russellville, Progress Park in Horse Cave, Paradise Regional Business Park in Greenville, Commerce Industrial Park in Hopkinsville, Heartland Commerce and Technology Park in Campbellsville, EastPark in Ashland, Princeton Industrial Park in Princeton, the Woodland Industrial Park in Mount Sterling, Harlan County Business Park in Cumberland, Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex in Russell Springs, Interstate 24 Business Park in Cadiz and the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green.

Efforts toward certification continue on multiple other sites across the state.

More information on the Danville site is available here. Search for other Build-Ready sites in Kentucky here.

To learn more about the Build-Ready program, visit https://ced.ky.gov/selectkentucky/buildready/.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.CED.ky.gov.