FRANKFORT — The Frankfort 5S South Business Park has been the site of a lot of activity lately, as crews work on three different projects and construction finishes up on Higby Road.

John Piseck, executive director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency, said construction is expected to be completed by the end of the month at the bottom of Higby Road. The work will help to accommodate the expected influx of traffic as well as the increase of tractor trailers that will be passing through the area.

The construction work included widening the road so tractor trailers coming to the park will be able to have the space to turn. Funds from the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, Extreme Winter Recovery and PAVE-NY are paying for the project.

Officials said at least $160,000 of CHIPS funding was used for the project.

The park — commonly known as the "Pumpkin Patch" — was still an empty field three years ago. Now, all the parcels at the 200-plus acre site have been sold.

In 2016, Heidelberg Baking Company was the first business to open a facility at the site by building a 28,800 square foot facility on 6.6 acres of land.

In 2017, Tractor Supply Company announced it was going to construct a warehouse that would take up a majority of the parcels at the park. The construction of the 930,500 square-foot distribution facility is still ongoing. Piseck said the facility is expected to be operational in February 2019. A June opening had originally been scheduled.

Also in 2017, JBF Stainless received a $680,000 grant through Round 7 of the CFA process. JBF went through the process of buying 5.7 acres of property for the 35,000 square-foot manufacturing facility.

The frame for the JBF Stainless facility started going up last week, with cranes working on the project Friday.

The remaining acreage of the property was sold to another company, which officials are only referring to as "Higby Gold." Piseck said they are not yet releasing the name of the business.