Per­ryville pon­ders ex­pand­ing town en­ter­prise zones

De­lays fi­nal vote un­til Jan.

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - OBITUARY POL­ICY By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The mayor and com­mis­sion­ers tabled a res­o­lu­tion Tues­day night that would have added the for­mer Per­ryville Out­lets site to its prop­er­ties des­ig­nated as en­ter­prise zones.

Com­mis­sioner Ray Ryan III sug­gested set­ting the mea­sure aside so the town could look for other ar­eas to add to the en­ter­prise zone.

“The whole idea is to get eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in here,” he said. “Are we lim­it­ing our­selves? Can we place other ar­eas in town into this eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ben­e­fit?”

Prop­er­ties in­side the zone are el­i­gi­ble for spe­cific tax breaks from both the town and Ce­cil County as an in­cen­tive to bring busi­ness to Per­ryville.

If ap­proved, the res­o­lu­tion would boost the size of the en­ter­prise zones in town to more than 300 acres and cre­ate the county’s 10th en­ter­prise zone. The eight other zones are al­ready rec­og­nized in­dus­trial parks along the Route 40/In­ter­state 95 cor­ri­dor as well as the Bain­bridge site in Port De­posit.

Mary Ann Skilling, town plan­ner, noted that the IKEA prop­erty is al­ready in an en­ter­prise zone, which al­lows for a wide va­ri­ety of busi­nesses in­clud­ing light man­u­fac­tur­ing, fabri­ca­tion, whole­sale dis­tri­bu­tion and ware­hous­ing.

Ryan sug­gested that down­town could also be a prime spot for the spe­cial des­ig­na­tion.

“We’re say­ing here’s some in­cen­tives

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for some­one to buy and build up there. Why can’t we do it down here?” the com­mis­sioner said.

Amanda Hick­man, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor, ex­plained that the en­ter­prise zone des­ig­na­tion is not for re­tail, which is the de­sired type of busi­ness for down­town Per­ryville.

“This pro­gram is geared to­ward high vol­ume,” Hick­man said.

Skilling told the board that the Ce­cil County Coun­cil is on a leg­isla­tive hia­tus un­til af­ter the Novem­ber elec­tion. She said the coun­cil plans to con­sider any ap­pli­ca­tions — in­clud­ing Per­ryville’s — next year, with fi­nal ap­proval af­ter April.

The town board agreed unan­i­mously to set the mea­sure aside and study it fur­ther.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Per­ryville Town Plan­ner Mary Ann Skilling shows the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers the area off Heather Lane — the for­mer Per­ryville Out­lets prop­erty — tar­geted to be­come the new en­ter­prise zone.

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