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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Eidson Drive connector project breaks ground


(DeLand, FL) – Officials broke ground this week on a connector road that will give a number of businesses in North DeLand access to a major thoroughfare.

The Eidson Drive connector project will provide companies located in the Northwest Industrial Park, Patterson Park and Airport industrial base access to State Highway 11. These companies, which include DaVita Labs, Kingspan and Complete Parachute Solutions, among others, also represent some of the city’s largest employers with a total employee base of more than 2,500 people. 

“While the connector road being built is only about a mile long, this project is a great example of the public and private sectors working together to provide tremendous economic opportunities and benefits for existing and new businesses as well as our entire community,” said Mayor Robert F. Apgar.

The Eidson Drive connector project is a public-private partnership between the City of DeLand and the DeLand Arboricultural Partnership. Mayor Apgar thanked the Skinner family for donating the land for the project. He also thanked Senator Tom Wright and former state representative David Santiago for sponsoring the appropriation to provide funding for the initiative. The Florida Department of Transportation allocated $1 million for the project with the city funding the remaining balance.

The connector is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

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