Manayunk may soon be home to former Dallas Cowboys running back’s tech company

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith is seeking $14 million in financial support from the state to raze part of a shuttered paper mill complex. (Image courtesy wikipedia.org)

The intense rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys may get a little more heated if a former running back of the Cowboys is cleared to build a tech hub a little more than a hail Mary away from Lincoln Financial Field.

A development firm helmed by former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith is seeking $14 million in financial support from Gov. Wolf’s office to raze part of a shuttered paper mill complex on Manayunk’s Venice Island so it can build a sprawling campus of labs, offices, and homes on the 31-acre property, writes Jacob Adelman for philly.com. 

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Dallas-based ESmith Properties LLC wants to use the grant and loan money to ready PaperWorks Industries Inc.’s former plant property on the island’s northern tip for what’s slated to eventually encompass three million square feet of commercial space, about three times as much development as now exists in the South Philadelphia Navy Yard’s central office park, according to an application submitted for the support last month.

Potential tenants that have been identified include two out-of-town tech firms seeking locations in Philadelphia and a community college satellite science campus, according to the application.

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