“There’s an opportunity for growth, and there’s also the opportunity for existing customers to continue to expand their operations,” said Sackenheim. “It’s just depending on how much water those commercial and industrial operations need. That could potentially drive us to install an additional tower in that zone.”
Fairfield’s five water towers combine to store 7 million gallons of water.
There are significant commercial and industrial businesses on the eastern side of Fairfield, said Fairfield Economic Development Manager Nathaniel Kaellin.
Fairfield’s eastern areas can accommodate various types of businesses, like manufacturing, distribution and logistics companies. Development of Fairfield Commerce Park on Seward Road, and near the proposed water tower site, is underway, and Kaelin said “we see a lot of continued interest in that area.”
The city’s also received interest from businesses over the past 18 months in some of the greenfield sites in that area of the city, he said.
“We expect we’ll continue to see development out there in the next 24 months,” Kaelin said.
Sackenheim said there are no immediate plans to construct a new water tower, “but we thought it was wise to secure the property” because they need specific elevations.
“There’s only so much property in that area that would work for a tower, and we identified this one,” he said.