Breaking ground in Germantown
Development to feature 700,000-square-foot Briggs & Stratton facility

By Alex Beld

Oct. 10, 2018

Director of Global Distribution and Warehousing with Briggs & Stratton Bill Harlow speaks Tuesday afternoon during the groundbreaking for the Gateway Corporate Park featuring the Briggs & Stratton global distribution facility in Germantown.
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GERMANTOWN — The first project to come to the 140-acre tax increment financing district site in Germantown had its official groundbreaking Tuesday. By April 1, 2019, Briggs & Stratton plans to be operating out of its 700,000-square-foot facility on the Holy Hill Road property.

The property, dubbed the Germantown Gateway Corporate Park, has enough space for another 1.4 million square feet of development. Opening up the land for development involved several companies, the village of Germantown, the county and the state governments.

Germantown Village Board president Dean Wolter said the development of the Zilber Property Group-owned land will be, “the catalyst to develop in this area of the village for the next 20 years.”

Wolter said that there were previous offers to open up the land to development, but none of them had been large enough.

 Wolter was joined by speakers John Kersey, Chad Navis and Bill Harlow at the groundbreaking event.

Kersey, executive vice president of Zilber, said Economic Development Washington County opened up their arms to the property group and proved that the county was open for business.

“It’s an incredible coming together to make this project come off the ground,” Kersey said about all entities involved in the project.

Zilber Property Group Executive Vice President John Kersey speaks on Tuesday afternoon during the groundbreaking for Briggs & Stratton’s global distribution facility in Germantown.
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Construction continues Tuesday afternoon after the groundbreaking for the
Gateway Corporate Park in Germantown.

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When complete, the Briggs & Stratton facility will house distribution operations for the company’s engines and some other products.

Briggs & Stratton Director of global Distributing and Warehousing Bill Harlow said the time frame on getting the project going is outstanding.

He said the company had other options, but the accommodations made by the village and county kept them in the area.

Dirt is turned by members of the village of Germantown, Washington County, Briggs & Stratton, and the Zilber Property Group during the groundbreaking for the Gateway Corporate Park featuring the Briggs & Stratton’s global distribution facility Tuesday afternoon in Germantown.
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When a financing district is created, the land is valued at its base value. Property taxes generated from the base value are shared among the taxing jurisdictions, including the county and the school district.

As developers enhance the location the value of the land will increase. In theory the increasing land values are expected to generate additional property tax revenues. Those revenues will be used by the village officials to pay for improvements they made since those dollars are not disbursed to the other taxing jurisdictions.

In the 20-year life of the district, officials estimate an $88 million increase in the value of the properties, which they expect to generate an additional $22 million in tax revenues.

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