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New Business Park Coming to Wallops Island

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.- A new business park is coming to Wallops Island in Accomack County.

County officials said a new taxiway, which will connect to the park from a runway at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, will allow people to fly into their worksite.

The Wallops Research Park will be adjacent to NASA's flight facility, and it will be minutes from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and the U.S. Navy's Surface Combat Center.

The park is expected to draw companies from the aerospace and defense industry sectors.

Ruth Pilchard is excited about the new site.

 "I think that would be a great idea. It would boost the economy and bring more jobs to the area because they're a lot of people who are still on unemployment," Pilchard said.

The $8 million project will be developed in two phases. The first includes a 1200 ft. taxiway that will allow corporate jets to fly in. It will also aid researchers who want to test their aircrafts on-site.

Phase one also includes water and sewer connections, open access fiber optics, industrial roads and lighting and a design to accommodate unmanned aerial systems and general aviation.

County Administrator Steven Miner said it is the ideal place for researchers to test and work on their projects.

"If you have a project, and you want to develop it,and you want to fly it in a safe environment, this is a great spot to come to. You can come right through the gate and be right on the  taxiway and ready to go to work," Miner said.

Pilchard thinks those jobs may help other businesses in the area.

"It would draw good business because they're going to need supplies for whatever they're doing down there."

Phase one of the research park will start in a few months, and it's expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

County officials expect the whole site to be completed by the end of 2015 in Accomack County .

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