Last week, the New River Valley Commerce Park announced that it finally had landed its first tenant — more than 15 years after the 1,000-plus acre park was conceived by local pooh-bahs.
I couldn’t wait to share this news with the greatest expert I know on this subject.
His name is Paul Dellinger, and for 44 years he was a reporter for The Roanoke Times. He retired in 2007, and by that time he was a legend. He still lives in Wytheville.
The last 10 years of his career, Dellinger spent covering — among other things — Commerce Park. A news database search of his name and Commerce Park yields more than 250 articles.
Commerce Park’s long-running saga had more twists and turns than a pretzel factory. It had more wrinkles than your average Shar-Pei puppy.
Dellinger covered most of them.
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