Space race: Land available locally, but firms want buildings

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Greenwood and Franklin both have land available for businesses to build warehouses or manufacturing plants, but most companies interested in relocating to the area want a building that’s move-in ready, officials said.

The buildings in the cities’ business and industrial parks have stayed full, even as companies have come and gone. Despite the preference for move-in ready buildings, the local economic development corporation and cities still get calls from developers and companies about empty land in business parks, but those projects take longer to plan, according to Cheryl Morphew, Johnson County Development Corp. president and chief executive officer.

Officials declined to discuss pending projects.

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