Index Packaging drops plan for Rochester warehouse

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MILTON - Index Packaging's move to build a warehouse facility in Rochester has been scuttled, president Mike Wiles said recently.

Index Packaging had planned to purchase 55 acres of city-owned land in the Granite State Business Park, with initial construction estimates said to be around 70,000 square feet.

Rochester City Manager Blaine Cox said the plan fell through, in large part, because it would have taken some 18 months to design and construct sufficient water supply infrastructure to the parcel to allow for firefighting capabilities in the event of a fire.

He said that had been held up because nearby Safron Aerospace Composites had had first refusal on the parcel up until June.

Wiles complained that the city was marketing the parcel before it was ready.

Cox said they weren't actively marketing it, however, because they were waiting to see if Safron would exercise their option.

He said Index could have built water-holding cisterns on the property as a temporary fix while the waterline infrastructure was in the building process.

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