Construction has started on the industrial park on the west side of Warren.
Kessel Construction, Inc. of Bradford is building the two 12,000-square-foot manufacturing buildings on the former G.G. Greene site along Pennsylvania Avenue W.
BVK, Inc. President Ruzhdi Bakalli said he expects the project to be completed by Dec. 10.
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Kessel Construction, Inc. of Bradford started construction on two 12,000-square-foot manufacturing buildings on the former G.G. Greene site along Pennsylvania Avenue West.
"I am confident that we will bring manufacturing jobs to Warren. This is our goal," Bakalli said in an email on Friday. "One thing is for sure, if you don't have ready buildings for immediate use you don't have any chance to attract business to grow or come to Warren."
No business is lined up to use the site, but Bakalli said he has talked with two companies about using the facilities when they are completed.
"With these two new buildings we are hoping to attract businesses so we can create new jobs in Warren area," Bakalli said July. "They are for general manufacturing jobs. They are exclusively for manufacturing industry."
Bakalli said last December he was in preliminary discussions for the development of the proposed Central Water Treatment plant, but said the site was not dedicated to the plant.
"One way or another, I'm going to develop the site to create jobs for the community," he said in December.
In April, Bakalli said he was moving forward with constructing the industrial park and the site would not be the home of the proposed Central Water Treatment plant.
BVK had been awarded $1.5 million in funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to develop the wastewater treatment plant in Warren by former Gov. Ed Rendell, but it was terminated by Gov. Tom Corbett.