Longview economic leaders wrestle with lack of land to develop

Longview economic leaders wrestle with lack of land to develop
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 11:38 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 7:21 PM CST

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Longview business parks are running out of land. And with limited space available the Longview Economic Development Corporation will face a challenge attracting more big business and manufacturing to the city.

Driving around Longview’s North business park it looks like there is plenty of room for new industry. But, according to LEDCO CEO Wayne Mansfield, the 700 acres in the park are mostly spoken for.

“Right now, I believe we have about 150 acres left in smaller parcels, 20 acres, 15 acres here and there,” Mansfield said.

He says the Longview Business Park in south Longview is about built out.

“We only have roughly fifty acres in it that are developable,” Mansfield said.

He says to stay competitive in recruiting new companies like the Gap distribution Center and Aviagen, they need larger plots of land.

“We can incentivize projects within our ETJ. So, we’re looking at that as a possible avenue,” Mansfield said.

He says ETJ stands for Extra Territorial Jurisdiction.

“Three miles outside our city limits that we could provide city services to,” Mansfield said.

And he says utilities are key to bringing in new business. Access to rail is also attractive to many industries.

“Longview is a town founded based on the railroad but yet we have very few rail serve sites here,” Mansfield said.

He says that land is pretty much already in use.

“The availability of large tracts of rail serve property is pretty much non-existent,” Mansfield said.

At the North Longview business Park some land was donated for city use.

“I think about fifteen acres to the city. And they are going to construct a fire station there at George Richey and Lou Galosy,” Mansfield said.

Mansfield says the city is building a fire police training center on about 90 acres at the southern park but gas lines, power lines and the fact that part of it is in a flood plane make it unattractive to industry.

Mansfield says he believes there are some larger tracts of land that could become available within three miles of the Longview city limits and may involve partnering with surrounding counties.