The Newport company that acquired the long-vacant former General Motors Boxwood Road manufacturing plant said the demolition that began last year will be completed in September, paving the way for construction of the new business and logistics campus to start in the fall.
Harvey, Hanna & Associates also said the new Boxwood campus will generate more than $281 million in annual economic impact and nearly $7 million in taxes for the state while boosting local home values, according to a study by a Philadelphia consulting firm.
The information was included in a new website, GMBoxwoodfacts.com, launched by the company with information about the ongoing work, including details on removal of asbestos on the property, which had been raised as a concern by union workers and at a community meeting last week.
Harvey, Hanna president Thomas J. Hanna said the company’s deep roots in Newport “inspired” their decision to turn the vacant auto assembly plant “into a thriving source of good jobs.”
Figures released today say up to 160 jobs will be created annually during the campus construction, and many hundreds more full-time positions will come to the distribution center when it is fully operational. Hanna also said community “health and safety” was a priority and labeled concerns about the demolition work as stemming from “false and irresponsible rumors.”
Harvey, Hanna says that while state and federal agencies have found no violations regarding the asbestos removal, they have taken additional steps to ensure workers and the community have confidence in the work of transitioning the property from a heavy manufacturing facility into a fulfillment distribution campus. (Editor’s note: Harvey Hanna is an advertiser on this site.)
Among the measures posted to the website, the company said it would be conducting daily tests around the property to monitor air quality and that an independent firm would review work to certify that “all proper protocols are being followed.” Harvey Hanna also posted results of previous fence line tests conducted April 6 and April 10 and said the new round of tests would also be made available to the public.
Harvey, Hanna encouraged any residents with concerns to contact the company through the new site.