More light industrial space being developed in Franklin County, Pa.

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An artist’s rendering of the new building the Franklin County Area Development Corp. is putting up in the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Waynesboro, Pa.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — By the third quarter of this year, more light industrial space with access to Interstate 81 could be available in Franklin County, Pa.

In December, the Franklin County Area Development Corp. closed a deal with the Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp. to buy Lot 7 on Zane A. Miller Drive, according to county records. The price was $100,000 for the parcel, which is in the Wharf Road Industrial Park.

Also in December, site work started to build a 20,000 square-foot building on the property. The plans include 18,000 square feet of industrial space and 2,000 feet of office room.

“The building is being developed to support the expanding demand for light industrial space,” wrote L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County organization, in an email. “Currently we do not have a confirmed tenant, however our goal is to identify one as construction progresses.”

According to a fact sheet supplied by Ross, the building is to be available for lease or purchase in the third quarter of 2018.

The structure, of masonry, structural steel and metal panel construction, will feature a 24-foot clear ceiling height, two 9-by-9-foot loading docks and one 14-by-14-foot, drive-in door. It will have LED lighting throughout and a six-inch concrete slab in the industrial area.

The site is a quarter-mile from Pa. 16 and about eight miles from Exit 5 of I-81, according to the FCADC paperwork.