In 2008, the Temple Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) unveiled the collective name of an existing park and its new business and industrial parks, now known as the Parks at Central Pointe. The grouping consists of Airport Park at Central Pointe, Bioscience Park at Central Pointe, Enterprise Park at Central Pointe, and Rail Park at Central Pointe.
In preparation for continued growth, TEDC invested in new infrastructure for the Parks at Central Pointe. The Temple Reinvestment Zone and the City of Temple invested a total of $22 million in new infrastructure in 2008 and 2009 to serve the Airport, Bioscience, Enterprise, and Rail Parks at Central Pointe. Each of the four parks in Central Pointe has unique characteristics:
Airport Park at Central Pointe
Targeted for corporate headquarters, advanced technology or aviation related businesses, Airport Park at Central Pointe is an ideal setting adjacent to the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport. Airport Park is a total of four hundred acres with forty-eight acres available for future development. The park is located in the Temple Reinvestment Zone, Temple Enterprise Zone, and is covenant protected with fully developed infrastructure.
Bioscience Park at Central Pointe
The Bioscience Park at Central Pointe was created for businesses that desire to be part of the bioscience industry in Texas. The park is a 300-acre business park with newly constructed nature paths located adjacent to the Scott & White West Campus. It is part of the 500-acre Temple Bioscience Campus. Currently, there are more than 12,000 people employed in the healthcare industry in Temple, Texas. The park is located in the Temple Reinvestment Zone, and is covenant protected with fully developed infrastructure.
Enterprise Park at Central Pointe
Enterprise Park at Central Pointe is made up of one hundred available acres that are ideal for any kind of small to medium size business. The park has platted lots with infrastructure in place, roads and fully developed utilities, and is approximately four miles from Interstate 35. It is in a Temple Reinvestment Zone, a State Enterprise Zone, and is covenant protected. Current tenants include: Atmos Energy, McLane Distribution, and Mailmax.
Rail Park at Central Pointe
Consistent with the other sites in Temple, Rail Park is located in a reinvestment zone as well as the State Enterprise Zone. Encompassing just over 3,500 acres with more than fifty tenants, Rail Park at Central Pointe is zoned for manufacturing and distribution. With sixty-five available acres throughout the park, infrastructure is in place with developed streets, utilities, and a City of Temple fire station.
Within in the park there is approximately 10 miles of rail line served by both Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. The park is serviced by its own short line railroad to provide rail switching services. The Temple & Central Texas Railway was created by a partnership between the City of Temple and Patriot Rail Corporation. Rail access makes this a unique manufacturing/distribution site, but other advantages for potential projects are a trans-loading site, the short line rail service partnership makes switching services more flexible, and access to Interstate 35. Located within 200 miles of 19 million potential customers not only make this a prime site for distribution, but a strategic site for business expansion. Current tenants include: Wilsonart International, Performance Food Group, AkzoNobel Paints LLC, Mars Petcare, Pactiv, Artco-Bell Corporation, E.R. Carpenter L.P., H.E.B. Retail Distribution Center, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, McLane Distribution, Nortech Lubricants and Distribution Solutions, and Gulf States Toyota.