Background Information 

Berks Park 183 is an area of land next to the Reading Regional Airport being developed by the the Berks County Industrial Development Authority (BCIDA).  This site will feature a host of buildings ranging from 20,000 to over 234,000 sq ft.  The different proposed sizes are as follows: 20,000 sq ft, 40,200 sq ft, 60,000 sq ft, 100,000 sq ft, 161,150 sq ft, 199,920 sq ft  and 234,880 sq ft.  The option of building to suit is also available.  

Berks Park 183 layout

                                                        Proposed layout of Berks Park 183’s buildings

Berks Park 183 Development Goal

  • Redevelopment of 155 acres of a Brownfield-designated site, or an area which was previously developed and used for a commercial or industrial use.  
    • The area which is being developed was previously a military facility and shooting range.
    • It is being developed to be an area for warehousing, manufacturing, assembly or research and development. 
  • The projected impact for job creation is over 500 new jobs.  
  • The assessed value is $35.7 Million 
  • Projected Real Estate Taxes per year $1.34 Million
  • $100 Million plus of private capital investment
    Berks Park 183 Without Trees

                     Berks Park 183 Land site after the trees had been removed

Unique Features

Microgrid

Non-conventional electricity options are being explored.  A microgrid is being proposed to help provide reliable, affordable and clean electricity.  A microgrid is a local energy grid that can disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously.  It would be powered by a mix of generators, batteries and/or solar panels.  Combined Heat and Power is another possibility for the powering of the microgrid.   This concept was introduced to the BCIDA by Penn State University’s Berks Campus and a trip to the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  

Recreational Trail

A recreational trail is another area which will be developed through Berks Park 183.  At Leiscz’s Bridge, a partnership between Schuylkill River Greenways Association, Bern Township and BCIDA has been formed to develop a trail.  The trail will be open to the public and free to use.  The trail will be the length of the property and will be around 1.1 miles long.  A 10-foot wide stone trail is currently being proposed by the township.  The Schuylkill River Greenways Association is going to be financing this project, which is expected to be built by township personnel.  

For more information about Berks Park 183, contact Pamela Shupp at PShupp@greaterreading.org or 610-898-7787