Even though there was a groundbreaking ceremony earlier in the day, City Council voted Tuesday night to postpone closing the sale of the former Kennedy King housing project site to Moran Industries Inc.
The closing is now to take place no later than Nov. 30, but both Moran and city officials are hoping it will be sooner.
When all is said and done Moran will have paid the city $301,000 for the site and - once it has ownership - construct an industrial park for the natural gas industry.
The developer and its future tenant would prefer the deal be finalized now so construction could begin immediately.
It can't, however, because there is a technical glitch caused by the guidelines related to about $1 million in grant funding used to construct a rail siding and other infrastructure improvements.
According to city officials, about $70,000 of the funding remains to be used but improvements remain that can and will be done as soon as possible.
According to funding guidelines, the site has to be fully pad ready or all the money used before the city can sell it to a private enterprise.
The work includes water lines being installed by the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority and an access road connecting the site with Trenton Avenue.