In the industrial park just south of Lycoming County, there is expected to be a new tenant.
Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. has plans to erect a 400,000 square foot building in the Great Stream Commons along Highway 15.
Union County officials have confirmed that Bimbo has an interest in the property.
Bob Garrett has confirmed that Bimbo is interested in the property.
“They are consolidating many of their operations from facilities that no longer work for modern cooking capabilities,” Bob Garrett, president and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, said.
The precise plans of the company are unknown.
Bimbo officials could not be reached for comment for this story.
Bimbo operates a bakery along Lycoming Creek Road in Williamsport.
Business development at Great Stream Commons, owned by Union County, has accelerated over the past year.
River Run Foods, Northumberland, offers a new facility on a 36 acre property.
More recently, seven acres of property just south of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland became the site of a Snappy gas station.
In addition, PNK Holdings has purchased more than 150 acres of Great Streams property from Union County, according to Union County Planning Commissioner Director Shawn McLaughlin.
Plans for the lot are unknown, he said.
At one point, Target planned to build a distribution center at Great Streams Commons before scrapping those plans and eventually selling the land in 2019 to JM Industrial Realty LLC.
“We only have two lots left in the park”,McLaughlin said.
Garrett said Bimbo’s installation will create additional jobs for the family in the area. The number of jobs is unknown.
He noted that Great Stream Commons has for too long been a vast property of “Underperforming real estate” and the additional development on the site is good news.
“It’s what gets people like me out of bed every morning,” he said.
McLaughlin said the Bimbo building is under construction but is unsure of Bimbo’s plans for the site.
“I guess it will be ready in 2022”, he said.
He noted that the property is located in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, providing the company with tax-exempt status.