Whitehall leaders expect a new 260,000-square-foot industrial building to be completed by the end of the year at the Airport South Commerce & Tech Park, north of East Broad Street between North Yearling and Poth roads.

The new industrial building is a second phase of collaboration with developers Mark F. Taggart and Fed One Dublin, said city Development Director Zach Woodruff.

The companies recently completed a 140,000-square-foot industrial building at the commerce park that is occupied today by Continental Auto Parts and Takeya USA, a lifestyle-products company best known for sustainable beverage and food-storage products.

The building is on the site of the former Oasis Corp., a water-cooler and fountain manufacturer.

The new 260,000-square-foot industrial building will rise north of the existing building.

Whitehall will offer a 15-year, 100 percent property-tax abatement to the developer to construct the new building.

"They will make an investment of $8 million to $12 million," Woodruff said.

As part of the agreement, the developer will be required to create at least 75 jobs with an annual payroll of $2 million within three years, Woodruff said.

No employers are yet identified but are expected to be those associated with logistics, manufacturing and warehousing, he said.

Legislation authorizing the property-tax abatement was expected to be introduced at the March 21 meeting of Whitehall City Council.

The authorizing ordinance is scheduled for a second reading April 4 and a third and final reading April 18.

The city will share 50 percent of the income-tax revenue from the site with the Whitehall City School District for the 15-year term of the property-tax abatement, Woodruff said.

School board members will be asked to approve the city's property-tax deal at their meeting April 13.

"Work should begin in the second quarter and we hope the building is finished by the end of the year," Woodruff said.

Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard said she was "excited" about the plans to enlarge the commerce and tech park, specifically the addition of 260,000 square feet of warehouse space.

"This additional space is yet another example of Whitehall's commitment to increasing job growth in our community," she said.

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