$23 million private industrial park coming to Bryan Co.

Updated: Oct. 6, 2020 at 6:15 PM EDT
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BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A $23 million private industrial park is making its way to the north end of Bryan County, and could bring in hundreds of jobs to the area.

A real estate company out of Jacksonville bought the land near I-16. The site sits off Highway 280 and Oracal Parkway.

Many of the people we talked to near where the site will be say not only will the industrial park put Pembroke on the map, but as the virus lingers and people continue to lose their jobs, it will create opportunity for those in and around Bryan County.

“I think that would be a very good thing for this end, being that a lot of us have to travel into Pooler and Savannah to go to work," said Cynthia Ladson who lives in Pembroke.

“I believe it’s a good start, I mean Pembroke is very small and I have to travel at least 40 minutes one way to work and there’s really nothing else here. I think it would bring great opportunity to this town," said Gage Wright who lives in Pembroke.

Cynthia Ladson and Gage Wright have lived in Pembroke their whole life and if it’s one thing they both know is whenever someone says Pembroke, not very many people have ever heard of it.

“A lot of people don’t know about Pembroke because they’ll be like, ‘where are you from?’ I say ‘Pembroke,’ and a lot of them will say, ‘well I’ve heard of it.’ I say, ‘well we’re right beside Savannah,’ but they never come through because we’re such a small town, so bringing something like that will definitely put us on the map.”

Both say bringing another industrial park to the north end of the county will attract businesses and hopefully people to the area.

According to Steve Croy who’s the CEO of the Croy group who’s also involved in the project sale says, the park will sit on 515 acres of land right on I-16 which is a major corridor with a lot of freight moving in and out.

For both Wright and Ladson, they say it’s a big win for the entire county.

“It’s just a small town nobody really knows about it and in the blink of an eye you could pass through it.”

Construction is slated to start sometime next year.

Hundreds of opportunities will be available to people not only in Bryan County, but also in surrounding areas.

“Because of this location here adjacent to the park, because it’s on I-16 headed West, it just made for one of the best pieces of property in this market. You could get a large number of square footage. The soils are excellent," said Steve Croy.

Steve Croy is the principal of the Croy Group. He was pivotal in making the sale with VanTrust real estate out of Jacksonville.

“In real estate, a lot of people say location, location, but at the end of the day location has to meet timing, and here we are and it’s going to be a great success.”

He says it was about an 8-month process to get everything finalized and they’ve had their eye on Bryan County for quite some time and this location was perfect.

“It picks up all that freight coming out of the port. There’s somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of the freight that leaves the ports headed West anyway, so it’s coming right by here.”

Croy says as the county continues to grow, development must move with it.

“What a lot of people don’t understand about Bryan County and its challenges it has, is we’re the only county in the United States that’s not a contiguous county, meaning we have a north end and we have a south end and in between that there are two different counties you have to go through.”

Making it a win-win for everyone.

“What you’re going to see happen in Pembroke is what happened in Richmond Hill 20 years ago when you started seeing the growth rise.”

As for development authority, they say Bryan County has so much potential for growth and this project fits right in.

“The investment this developer is making is going to create additional structures whether they’re warehousing manufacturing and additional jobs and we always welcome that to Bryan County," said Bryan County Development Authority Chairman Sean Register.

Water and sewer will also be installed by July or August of next year.

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