“When we look at the needs that Goshen has for this type of industrial park — and this is not the type of industrial park we’ve typically seen in Goshen — this fits that bill quite well,” Daugherty said. “Without this, then all we’d have are a few five acre parcels and that’s about it. So it’s critical that we work to get some more land on the market so as opportunities come to our community, we have the ability to site those. This site absolutely meets the conditions that we need in Goshen for industrial land.”
Gordon Lord, a local attorney representing the Hoogenboom-Nofziger venture, was quick to agree.
“This is the most sophisticated, most detailed, most regulated industrial area I’ve seen in my tenure in Goshen,” Lord said of the planned business park. “This is not a park where an RV plant would even think about locating. This may be for suppliers of the RV industry — it could be electronics, it could be more sophisticated items — but it’s not going to be what I think many people feel it will be. It’s certainly not going to be a trailer/manufactured home or that type of facility. It’s going to be considerably higher end than that.”
Doug Risser, a resident of the Waterford Crossing Apartments assisted living facility, voiced concerns connected to the potential for increased traffic in the area should the new business park be allowed to proceed.
“The whole issue of traffic is a major concern,” Risser said. “As the Waterford Mills Parkway becomes a primary road with heavy traffic on it, there’s going to be a lot more traffic on Dierdorff going down to C.R. 40, and for us, going on Regent Street out of the Keystone Plant and other places located along Dierdorff Road.”