Covid-19 funds and tax dollars kickstart business park

The Blue Clay Business Park could house more than 800,000 square feet of marketable space. Owned by New Hanover County, the site has been spurred in its progression by the American Rescue Plan. (Port City Daily/Courtesy WBD)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Pieces of the puzzle are coming together for a county-owned business park on Blue Clay Road. Federal Covid-19 relief funds and taxpayer dollars are both at play as the county positions this property for emergence onto the industrial scene. 

Working toward the same goal is Wilmington Business Development (WBD), the nonprofit group with the goal of enticing businesses and jobs to the Cape Fear region. 

From the American Rescue Plan Act, the county will dedicate $3.6 million of its total $45.5 million in federal money for the installation of water and sewer infrastructure at the site, called the “Blue Clay Business Park.” 

This portion of the county’s spending was brainstormed alongside WBD….

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