But behind the scenes, Frank MacFarlane is busy trying to interest businesses in setting up in the park.
“We have lots of serious potential developers,” said the business development officer for the East River Business Park. “Hopefully we’ll see something soon.”
The park is basically ready – the roads are built, and the water, sewer and storm drains are in place – only the asphalt, curbs and gutters are left to complete.
MacFarlane said the streets will be paved once tenants are secured.
Terra Cotta Drive has been extended, a street has been built that will exit onto East River Road, and a cul-de-sac has been constructed. He said all of that work was finished last fall, and other streets could be added if warranted.
“We’re waiting to see exactly what will be needed to be paved, depending on who could potentially be going in there.”
Discussions are taking place regarding a potential roundabout that would be constructed as an exit out of the park near where the Welcome to New Glasgow sign is located on East River Road at the town limits. MacFarlane said a consultant hired to design the park recommended a roundabout there. “It makes traffic move easier and quicker,” he said.
The 17-acre park is being developed by a corporation created by the two municipalities, called New Scotland Business Development Inc.