Construction is underway on a water line extension project in the Richmond Industrial Park South III off Duncannon Lane in Richmond. David Stipes, Director of the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) for the City reports that the project will result in approximately 3300 feet of 12-inch water line being installed. This phase of water line installation will extend water service to the remainder of the undeveloped acreage in the Park. The project began with an estimated cost of $421,000 which includes both engineering and construction costs. Currently the project is running under budget. Project funding has been made available through the use of CDBG LDA funds and a special authorization from the City of Richmond’s general fund. David Stipes mentions that in particular, “this water line project will further enhance a building site in the park that has approximately 50 acres of land which already has sewer mains and that is adjacent to the CSX railroad line which runs along the perimeter of the Industrial Park boundary.” David Gerrein, President of the RIDC says “This project is another important step toward completing the necessary infrastructure in the Park.”. “When prospects make community visits looking for plant locations, they prioritize sites that are readied for construction”. “Richmond must maintain a competitive advantage if we are going to win projects that create good paying jobs in support of or growing economy”. David Stipes also mentions that “Richmond is located strategically well along I-75, the CSX rail line and other shipping routes.” “Our Industrial and Manufacturing operations in and around the City are very much appreciated and they provide over 4000 jobs for our residents and for others from surrounding communities”.