Business & Research Park: Park Hub In 2018 WCIDC began developing a master plan for a more vibrant park environ- ment at the Business & Research Park. The catalyst to this project was a tenant survey disseminated in May 2016 to gain a better understanding of what types of services and amenities would best benefit park tenants and their employees. As planning progressed the WCIDC engaged a consultant, Environmental Planning & Design (EPD), to study the possibilities of a trail network and more centralized public open space within the park (the Hub). In November, members of the WCIDC and EPD met with park tenants to reveal a multimodal connectivity plan, as well as to introduce a civic amenity in the vacant lot on Hunt Valley road. Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland The WCIDC has officially broken ground at Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland. The 206-acre site will be developed into the county's newest industrial park and will consist of five pad-ready sites each ranging in size from 18 to 29 acres. The park will accommodate the need companies have for pad-ready sites with direct access to active rail and the interstate highway system. Infrastructure work and land site development began at the beginning of December and is expected to finish by the end of 2019. The WCIDC received a $1 million grant from Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, in addition to a $3.8 million grant and $5.8 million loan through the Business in Our Sites program to support the development efforts. Take a virtual tour of Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland by visiting our website: 5 Proposed Rendering Proposed Civic Space Twelve companies attended the meeting and were able to discuss recommendations and hear about planning for future steps. WCIDCAnnualReport19links_Layout 1 2/11/19 4:50 PM Page 5