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November 23, 2012

Lauth may bring many jobs to community

BROWNSBURG — Up to 800 new jobs could be coming here after Lauth reached an agreement with the town’s planning commission to potentially build two 500,000 square-foot buildings on property along Northfield Drive.

The decision will go to the Brownsburg Town Council now, with a first reading likely to be conducted in December.

“They’re projecting that they could include up to 800 jobs,” said Todd Barker, planning director for the town of Brownsburg. “All of that at this point is speculative.”

Barker said site plans and building permits still need to be approved by the council after the recommendation from the planning commission, but there are many potential positives should the motion pass.

“There are a lot of ways to look at it,” he said. “No. 1, to find a tax base there is huge. Brownsburg for decades has been known as kind of a residential-only community, and as a result the majority of our tax base is footed by the residential property. Diversifying the tax base is critical for the economic health of the community.

“The second is providing jobs for the citizens of the town,” Barker said. “The town is looking to develop jobs for our residents. That oftentimes increases the quality of life with people working and living in the same community. That’s paramount as well.”

Town Council President Dwayne Sawyer lauded the potential decision, saying that the combination of jobs and a new tax base could further invigorate the community.

“They worked hard, worked together, Lauth and the town and the residents. There was good feedback from the residents,” he said. “Lauth contacted individual home owners to work with them individually and collectively.

“That really is exciting to hear and work with a business that says we can look forward to bringing up to 800 jobs, and we hope those numbers can hit that range. That’s a huge boost to the economy, especially when it is what it has been. It shows (Brownsburg) can stand proud and tall and weather the storm and we can build a climate and location that shows what we have to offer from a business and quality of life perspective.”

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