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Wed April 7, 2004
Business Park Project Moves Forward
Cheyenne, WY – The stage is finally set for a second business park in Cheyenne. The Laramie County Commission Tuesday re-zoned 520 acres of land as light industrial, after amending a master plan for West Cheyenne development. Some saw changing the plan as an unnecessary delay and questioned why the commission saw the master plan as anything but a guide. County Commissioner Jeff Ketchum admits it added time to the process, but doesn't think there's a point to having a planning document if you aren't going to use it. Cheyenne's current business park has 28 parcels covering about 300 acres still available for businesses. But Randy Bruns, President of the economic development organization Cheyenne LEADS, says they are currently unable to accommodate a big project, like the massive Lowe's Distribution Center. Bruns says there is a company that is considering the new business park. Bruns says infrastructure like roads and sewer lines will cost about $3 million to complete. LEADS made an application under the state's Business Ready Community Program for the maximum $1.5 Million grant. The Wyoming Business Council reviews Cheyenne's application in June.