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Gloucester needs larger business park, official says

Gloucester would benefit if it had a larger business park to attract new companies, economic development director Sherry Spring said.

And to have the new park, Gloucester economic development officials need a large parcel of land available where such development can occur, Spring said. County officials have spoken to owners of two large tracts in the county during the past few months, but no commitments have been made.

Meanwhile, Spring asked that anyone who owns 200 acres or more of contiguous property anywhere in Gloucester to contact her so the land can be entered into a database useful in promoting sites through state economic development channels.

Gloucester will need at least 200 acres for a new business park, Spring said, since that is the minimum acreage for a new state reimbursement program that will help pay for engineering and preliminary design of such a project. The current business park has 70 acres, of which there are no large sites remaining to develop, with only one...

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