Building departments are seldom seen as an important member of the development team. In fact, they are often portrayed as not business friendly, but Chesterfield County is not only dispelling that myth, they are being lauded as the reason Philip Morris chose Chesterfield over eight other southern sites that were in the running for a one-million-square-foot warehouse development.
Garrett Hart, assistant director of Chesterfield Economic Development, said the deal came together through Seefried Properties. Philip Morris was conducting a “southern search,” as he called it, where Virginia was the northernmost state. Philip Morris enlisted Seefried to find a site and develop the project. The company looked at about eight potential sites before bringing the Philip Morris plant to Chesterfield.
“It is repeat business with a really good national developer, so that speaks to the service our site development and building inspection team gave them in their Amazon project,” Hart said. “They knew how Chesterfield could get it done for them, and they knew it would be straightforward and that we would deliver it on time.”
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