City and County officials broke ground on a new industrial site in Barren County Wednesday morning.
Seven new industrial sites are expected to be built across 150 plus acres off of Highway 68 which will be known as South Cooper Industrial Park.
Officials say the site could bring an estimated 600 to 750 jobs to the area. That number could go up to 2,500 or more depending on the type of businesses that decides to locate there.
The widening and turn lane project of Highway 68 has also been awarded and will include an access road into the park. Utility installation including water, sewer, electric and gas are also underway. All this planning has prepared the park for this next step to include grading of roughly 43 acres. The anticipated $1,045,000 investment will provide two marketable sites.
Meanwhile, job growth in Barren County continues to flourish despite an ongoing pandemic.
The growth is attributed to the number of people moving to the region.
An official timeline for the completion of this project is tentative, but it is anticipated that the sites will be ready within the next 100-days. The park is being marketed to a variety of potential industrial customers.