Business Beat: Projects planned at two Longview business parks

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The Longview Economic Development Corp. has contracted to sell two pieces of land in the Longview Business Park and North Business Park to Galveston-based Focus Commercial Real Estate. The company has local ties, though, and was founded in 2002 by Kilgore native Trey Smith.LEDCO President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne Mansfield said the sale agreements approved earlier this month are for: $540,200 for about 13.5 acres in the North Business Park at the southeast corner of George Richey Road and McCannRoad; and $258,650 for about 7.4 acres at the entrance to the Longview Business Park off Eastman Road. He said the projects are retail-type projects allowed in the parks’ convenants, but not a strip mall. He declined to release additional details, and attempts to reach Focus representatives this past week were unsuccessful.“We would not sell if it was speculative… They’ve got to have a viable project, and they do,” Mansfield said, adding that he’s particularly excited about the project in the Longview Business Park because it coincides with the city’s construction of a police and fire training center in the business park, just north of the Focus project.“This will be some really good activity on that corridor,” Mansfield said. …

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