In 2006, the Ohio Department of Development sought proposals for the first, $60 million round of awards and received 63 applications. The Reading Life Sciences Complex Expansion, located in the City of Reading, was selected as a first funding round awardee and received an Ohio Job Ready Site grant in the amount of $2,339,177.
Reading, Ohio is located between Interstate 75 and the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway, in the northeast region of the Cincinnati metro area. Reading has a population of 10,385 residents, and a workforce that is well versed in life sciences and research and development. Reading is within a short drive of several major universities and colleges, ensuring potential end users a highly trained and educated workforce.
The Reading Life Sciences Complex Expansion is strategically located on a 14-acre site adjacent to the existing 50-acre Reading Life Sciences Campus, which is home to 1,000 research and support jobs. The Reading Life Sciences Complex Expansion is located less than a mile from Interstate 75 and less than five miles to Interstate 71.
The 14-acre site was once the location of a glass and box manufacturing plant. Through the JRS grant program, the City of Reading demolished the existing structures, undertook environmental remediation, and installed utility lines and a new access road. Through the grant, Reading created a 14-acre site ready for redevelopment into technical and research laboratory and office space. The site is currently zoned research and development and consists of flat land to gently rolling terrain. The Reading Life Sciences Complex Expansion site can accommodate a 150,000 square foot building. Reading is committed to attracting new development to the site and expanding the Reading Life Sciences Complex to include this site.