An industrial park (also known as industrial estate, trading estate) is an area zoned and planned for the purpose of industrial development. An industrial park can be thought of as a more "lightweight" version of a business park or office park, which has offices and light industry, rather than heavy industry.
Industrial parks are usually located on the edges of, or outside the main residential area of a city, and normally provided with good transportation access, including road and rail. One such example would be the large number of Industrial Estates located along the River Thames in the Thames Gateway area of London. Industrial parks are usually located close to transport facilities, especially where more than one transport modes coincide, including highways, railroads, airports, and ports.
This idea of setting land aside through this type of zoning is based on several concepts:
- To be able to concentrate dedicated infrastructure in a delimited area to reduce the per-business expense of that infrastructure. Such infrastructure includes roadways, railroad sidings, ports, high-power electric supplies (often including three-phase power), high-end communications cables, large-volume water supplies, and high-volume gas lines.
- To be able to attract new business by providing an integrated infrastructure in one location.
- Eligibility of Industrial Parks for benefits
- To set aside industrial uses from urban areas to try to reduce the environmental and social impact of the industrial uses.
- To provide for localized environmental controls that are specific to the needs of an industrial area.
Different industrial parks fulfill these criteria to differing degrees. Many small communities have established industrial parks with only access to a nearby highway, and with only the basic utilities and roadways. Public transportation options may be limited or non-existent. There may be few or no special environmental safeguards.
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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Manufacturers have nearly filled the industrial park here just seven years after it opened, and locals offer three reasons: Location, location, location. "We're sitting in the middle of most of my customer base," said Dennis ...
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Thu, 23 May 2013 20:46:15 -0700
Chicago-based real estate investor ML Realty Partners LLC has purchased five industrial buildings near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The buildings are located in the Park West Commerce Center in Coppell and contain 457,000 square feet.
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Thu, 23 May 2013 01:38:00 -0700
PEABODY — If you were planning to attend today's City Council subcommittee meeting at 6 p.m. about the plan to rezone the Pulaski Street industrial park, Mayor Ted Bettencourt is advising you to stay home. “There won't be any discussion on this topic ...
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Tue, 21 May 2013 15:11:02 -0700
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Thu, 23 May 2013 01:00:28 -0700
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Sun, 19 May 2013 22:50:28 -0700
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