Build It And They Will Come

If you build it, they will come.


Construction on the west end industrial park is complete, according to BVK, Inc. President Ruzhdi Bakalli.

“We have (a) couple inquiries for the buildings,” Bakalli said in an email. “We are working but we don’t have a definite tenant.”

Kessel Construction, Inc. of Bradford was selected to build the two 12,000-square-foot manufacturing buildings on the former G.G. Greene site along Pennsylvania Avenue W. in July of last year.

“With these two new buildings we are hoping to attract businesses so we can create new jobs in Warren area,” Bakalli said last year. “They are for general manufacturing jobs. They are exclusively for manufacturing industry.”

Bakalli said in December 2011 he was in preliminary discussions for the development of a proposed Central Water Treatment plant, but said the site was not dedicated to the plant.

“One way or another, I’m going to develop the site to create jobs for the community,” he said in December.

In April of last year, Bakalli said he was moving forward with constructing the industrial park and the site would not be the home of the proposed Central Water Treatment plant.

BVK had been awarded $1.5 million in funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to develop the wastewater treatment plant in Warren by former Gov. Ed Rendell, but it was terminated by Gov. Tom Corbett.

“We are starting to see interest in the buildings but as yet have not secured any tenants,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Jim Decker said.