By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The light industrial zoned area on the plateau north and west of Riverton adjacent to Riverton Regional Airport is experiencing a mini-boom. At the current time five different construction projects are underway or in the final planning stages.
This past Tuesday, the Riverton City Council Approved the plat for the RIW Industrial Park, creating four lots, one of which has been purchased by FedEx Ground for a freight terminal. The project was on hold until the plat was approved.
“There is a definite interest in the land up there, and as we grow, we will have even more,” said Riverton City Administrator Steven Weaver. “It is one of the few spots that is zoned light industrial in the city.”
Other projects underway in that area include a new facility for the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, an expansion of the Sanjel operation by the Valley View Road, a new metal fabrication facility under construction by Shane Faring Construction for Dan and Audry Knollenberg and the sale of a lot to R. J. Mowrey. “By next summer we’ll have four new businesses up there,” Airport Manager and Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit said this week. “The DCI project is nearly complete and they are planning to take occupancy of the new building in February.”
Urbigkit said each of the two parcels on the east side of Airport Road (Knollenberg and Mowrey) were sold for $69,000 each.
With the new businesses, Urbigkit said additional traffic will be using Airport Road. He said the city had obtained funding to rebuild the road from Highway 26 to the Job Corps Center site, “and we’re continuingto look for money to build the road the rest of the way. There’s a lot going up there, we’re excited about it,” he said.